Bongani Masuku was sentenced to 20 life terms and 758 years in the South gauteng high court. PIC: SUPPLIED

Killer rapist jailed for a thousand years

Benoni – The South Gauteng High Court, sitting at the Benoni magistrate’s court on Wednesday handed down a 1
258 years jail sentence to a 33-year-old serial rapist; one of the country’s heaviest sentences so far. Bongani
Masuku was got total of 20 life terms and an additional 758 years for charges including murder, rape, kidnapping,
house robbery, robbery and assault.
Judge Carla van Veenendaal did not order for the sentences to run concurrently.
Masuku’s eight-year reign of terror between 2010 and last year was in the Pretoria townships of Soshanguve,
Loate, Mabopane and Klipgat, where he and his gang targeted young women, robbing and raping them.
The gang also committed house robberies, robbing and raping their victims.
He faced 35 counts of rape and a count of murder for killing an off-duty police
officer on January 7 last year. The officer and his partner were on their way home when they were accosted by
Masuku and another man. The officer was shot in the stomach. They then raped the officer’s partner.
Van Veenendaal said: “For eight years he was a predator. Fathers couldn’t protect their families and daughters
from being raped, while mothers couldn’t live in safety,” she said.
Van Veenendaal said though Masuku pleaded guilty to all the charges, he was “arrogant throughout court
proceedings and went as far as claiming that they were spoilt for choice with regards to the victims they targeted”.
Their victims were aged between 14 and 27. They would point a firearm at a victim, forcing them to enter their
vehicle and driving out to a secluded area where the gang would take turns in raping them.

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