Survivors sing for joy as man who raped 56 women sentenced to 1,088 years

Dylan Bettencourt

Sello Mapunya has been sentenced to 1,088 years for the robbery and rape of 56 different women in Pretoria over a five year period.

Several of Mapunya’s victims were in the courtroom. They did not hide their jubilation; they cried and sang for joy when Pretoria High Court judge Papi Mosopa found Mapunya guilty of 41 rapes, 40 counts of robbery and 40 counts of home invasion. 

Mapunya was charged with 101 different crimes going back to 20134 when he raped a 14-year-old girl.

Judge Mosopa said that Mapunya has no place in society.

“You are not the kind of person who is willing to live side by side with others in peace,” said the judge.

“You are hell bent on encroaching on the dignity of others.”

The sentence was given as four life sentences for raping the 14-year-old girl as well as three other women. He was given 15 years each for the other 31 rapes. A further 15 years were given for every count of housebreaking charge as well as an additional 15 years for every charge of housebreaking with intent to steal.

Mapunya’s five-year reign of terror came to an end when he was arrested in 2019. The judge concluded today that the rapist would spend four life sentences in jail, amounting to over 1,000 years.

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