JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service on Tuesday welcomed multiple life sentences handed down to a serial rapist by the South Gauteng High Court.
Shadrack Xidada Chauke, 26, was on Tuesday sentenced to 25 life sentences for 23 counts of rape and two of attempted murder.
He was slapped with an additional 254 years for multiple counts of attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery as well as kidnapping.
Between 2012 and 2014, Chauke raped 23 women in the Tembisa, Ivory Park and Kempton Park areas.
His modus operandi was to break into the victims' houses and rape them.
Chauke also accosted and attacked partners and made them watch while he raped the victim.
Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said Chauke was spotted by a rape victim, three months after the incident in December 2015, eventually leading to his arrest.
Masondo said that police swiftly responded to the woman's call and arrested the suspect who was subsequently subjected to forensic tests as part of the thorough investigation, successfully linking him to a total of 17 other cases that had previously been reported to the police.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange welcomed the sentence.
“This sentence today will go a long way in encouraging our members to continue to prioritise the investigation of cases against women, children and other vulnerable groups. For the police, arresting a suspect is a success but a conviction in court and multiple life sentences brings even more content," De Lange added.
African News Agency