MEC welcomes sentencing of taxi serial rapist


File image of a South African 16-seater minibus taxi (Toyota Quantum Sesfikile MY17) painted in the colours of the South African flag. This picture was taken at Sea Point in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has welcomed the 30-year sentence imposed on a serial rapist of taxi passengers.

The Protea Glen Magistrate&39;s Court sentenced Nothile Dlamini on Wednesday.

Dlamini was one of a group of men who kidnapped, raped and robbed taxi passengers in the Booysens, Soweto and Roodepoort areas last year.

He was found guilty of rape, robbery and kidnapping.

He will serve 10 years for rape, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for kidnapping.

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Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi –Malobane has welcomed the sentencing.

"I wish to commend the Criminal Justice System for imposing a harsher sentence on this heartless criminal who preyed on these vulnerable women,” Nkosi-Malobane said.

She said she hoped the sentencing would lead to the arrest of Dlamini’s accomplices.