3 guilty of gang rape in Soweto

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Three of the five Soweto men accused of gang-raping an exchange student from Belgium were found guilty in the Johannesburg high court yesterday.

As Wandile Dondolo, 25, and Moeketsi Mokoena, 25, of Mapetla, in Soweto, celebrated their freedom, Sibusiso Mkhize, 20, Xolani Letuke, 24, and Mandla Dlamini, 25, sat motionless in the dock as they digested the news of their fate.

The court found that on the evening of August 13 2005 Mkhize and Dlamini kidnapped the student from a street party in Mapetla, Soweto, dragged her to Letuke's home and took turns raping her.

Judge Thami Makhanya dismissed Letuke's claim that the student initiated the sex.

Makhanya said it was "highly improbable" that she agreed to sit with strangers in a dark room with doors locked and consented to have sex with them.

The three rapists were also found guilty of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence are expected to be heard today.