A 30-year-old man, who was already serving a life term for murder was linked via DNA and sentenced in the Westonaria Magistrate’s Court on rape, robbery, and assault charges.
In Bekkersdal, Ntlantla Hlongwane raped two women.
On September 23, 2017, about 2 a.m., a 27-year-old woman was walking home from a nearby pub when she was approached by Hlongwane, who robbed her of her phone, assaulted her, and took her to nearby bushes where he raped her.
The woman called the police, but they were unable to identify Hlongwane because he was wearing a balaclava at the time.
Hlongwane broke into the residence of a 21-year-old lady who was sleeping on February 16, 2019, at midnight.
According to the court, he gained entry into the house through an open window.
Once inside, Hlongwane raped the woman and threatened her with a knife.
She reported the incident to the police, but, like his prior victim, she was unable to identify him due to his balaclava.
DNA samples were acquired from the victims in both incidents and kept.
Hlongwane was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison.
The DNA evidence from the murder case connected him to the two rapes.
Hlongwane stated during his trial that he had romantic ties with both victims and that the intercourse was consensual.
State prosecutor Jonathan Nkadimeng contended that Hlongwane was found guilty of a serious crime and that there were no major or compelling reasons to vary from the obligatory minimum penalty.
He was then sentenced to ten years direct jail for rape, fifteen years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, ten years for rape, and six months for assault.
The judge ruled that one of the rape terms run simultaneously with the assault sentence.
He will be imprisoned for 25 years and six months.