DELMAS – The South African Council of Churches (SACC) in Mpumalanga has welcomed a sentencing of a serial rapist, who has been given four life sentences and an additional 180 years. Sipho Gift Ntuli (37) recently appeared in the Circuit of the Pretoria High Court sitting in Delmas. The sentences will run concurrently with the life sentences and he will only be considered for parole after having served at least 25 years of his sentence.
Ntuli who had been on trial for ten rapes, eight robberies as well as a kidnapping, is accused of having terrorised the community of Serial rapist sentenced to four life sentences plus 180 from 2012 where he raped eleven young girls and women between the ages of 14 and 38. “We welcome the sentence and hope that it will send a serious message to other people of his calibre,” said SACC’s Rev Luke Dlamini.
The court heard that Ntuli would viciously rape and rob his victims of cash, cellular phones, and other valuable items. His reign of terror abruptly ended in 2014 when he was arrested after being identified by one of the victims.He was previously arrested and appeared on the KwaMhlanga Magistrate’s Court and was granted bail. Once he was outside he started raping again, and he was re-arrested last year in KwaMhlanga.
Once the police further investigated him, they were able to link him to more rape cases which he committed while he was out on bail.