A reign of terror spanning three years has come to an end, after serial rapist, Mlungisi Mjoli, was sentenced to seven life terms by the Durban High Court.
Mjoli, who was convicted of seven counts of rape, had been out on parole for a previous rape sentence when he committed the crimes between 2014 and 2016. His hunting ground seeing him prey on women in Umzimkhulu, Chatsworth, Inanda and KwaDukuza.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane explains Mjoli was released on parole in 2014. This is after he served time for a rape which took place in Umzimkhulu.
Lt-Col Zwane says after his release in 2014, Mjoli’s reign of terror officially began. His modus operandi was to break into homes during the night, as well as targeting women walking alone at night.
Lt-Col Zwane says Mjoli would threaten his victims with a knife, before raping them.
Mjoli was also arrested in oThongathi in March 2017 for dealing in and possession of drugs. Lt-Col Zwane says this matter was still pending before the court case.
After being arrested, Mjoli would then continue with his crimes as soon as he was released on bail, Lt-Col Zwane said.
Lt-Col Zwane claims police were able to link Mjoli to rapes in several areas. All the cases in which he was allegedly linked, were then combined and transferred to the Inanda Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. They were then assigned to only one investigating officer.
Following a thorough investigation by the investigating officer, Mjoli was finally arrested in April 2017. This time his bail was opposed, ensuring he remained in custody throughout his trial.
With the national rape statistics standing at 41 583 reported cases for 2018/2019, which is a staggering 1 547 more cases than the previous year’s 40 035 cases, what are your thoughts on Mlungisi Mjoli receiving seven life terms? Share your views and opinions with us in the comment section below.