Accused says he will rape again if released

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

A serial rapist yesterday told the court to remove him from society or he would rape again.

Bheki Mkhwanazi stunned the court when he asked to be killed as punishment for repeatedly raping six women.

Forensic psychologist Gerard Labuschagne told the Johannesburg high court that Mkhwanazi expressed this desire in consultation with him on March 7.

"He stated during the interview that he felt he should be removed from society permanently. In fact he said he should be killed," said Labuschagne.

Labuschagne was testifying in aggravation of sentence.

Mkhwanazi, 38, of Daveyton, was convicted on 13 counts of rape after he confessed to having repeatedly raped at least six women shortly after he was released on parole for rape in January 2004.

Labuschagne said even though Mkhwanazi was on trial for raping six women, he confessed to him that he had in fact raped 13 women between January and August 2004.

"He stated that he would have continued had he not been arrested," said Labuschagne.

He said Mkhwanazi could not provide a reason for his behaviour. Mkhwanazi had continued with his rape spree despite having three girlfriends, one of whom had borne him a child in December 2004.

"He just said that he had an overwhelming urge for sex that he had to satisfy immediately. He said at times he tried to deal with this urge by having regular masturbation but it didn't help," said the doctor.

Labuschagne said Mkhwanazi was a threat to society and had no chance of being rehabilitated.

He said Mkhwanazi's five previous convictions for rape did not deter him from committing the same offences.

"Sexual offenders are the most difficult types of offenders to rehabilitate," said Labuschagne.

"The accused has a very poor prognosis for rehabilitation and will most likely remain a threat to society for as long as he is sexually active."

Labuschagne said while Mkhwanazi showed sincere remorse for his actions, this did not outweigh the seriousness of the offences he committed.

The trial was adjourned to March 19 for further evidence in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.