One of two taxi drivers behind abductions, rapes and the robbing of female taxi commuters in Gauteng has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
SowetanLIVE reported that Lebogang Gift Mokoena was sentenced to 13 life sentences and 340 years in prison in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, Ekurhuleni, on Thursday.
On October 12, the court found Mokoena guilty of 13 counts of rape, nine of kidnapping, nine of robbery with aggravating circumstances, nine of pointing an object that resembles a firearm, two of aiding and abetting someone to commit an offence and one of sexual assault.
He raped eight women.
While handing down sentencing, judge Cassim Moosa said the J88 forms and victim impact statements submitted by the victims showed that Mokoena’s actions had a severe impact on them and has resulted in them experiencing ongoing trauma.
Moosa described Mokoena’s actions as heinous, careless and reckless when he raped his victims without a condom, thus putting their lives in danger.
In his plea statement, Mokoena revealed he used to kidnap, rape and rob female passengers while driving around Gauteng in a white Toyota Quantum minibus taxi. Some victims were forced to hand over their