June 13, 2021

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Facebook rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

Facebook rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

Mzwenhlanhla Ximba (26) was sentenced to life imprisonment, 18 years imprisonment for rape and also sentenced to another three years imprisonment for kidnapping by Empangeni High Court on 19 March 2021.

On 14 January 2018, he raped 21-year-old woman at Makhweni area in Ntambanana. The 26-year-old forced entry and threatened the victim with a knife. A case of rape was opened at Ntambanana police station and the docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation. Ximba was arrested and appeared before Ngwelezane Magistrate’s Court where he was granted bail.

While Ximba was out on bail, he kidnapped and raped another 24-year-old woman. He was arrested on the next day at his home for charges of rape and kidnapping. On 17 February 2020, the victim received a phone call from Ximba who posed as Mbali a friend from Facebook. Ximba called the victim and told her he had found a job for her and she must come to Ntambanana where the company is based. Out of excitement the victim wasted no time, packed her clothes, she left Durban and proceeded to Ntuthunga area in Ntambanana where she was going to be meeting Mbali. On arrival at the bus stop she called Mbali and the phone was answered by Ximba who pretended to be Mbali’s brother. He told the victim that Mbali went to the shop and promised to inform her as soon as she comes back. The victim called Mbali several times but the phone went straight to voicemail.

She waited until 21:00 and was starting to fear for her life since she was in an unknown territory. She was relieved when she was approached by Ximba who told her that she was sent by Mbali to fetch her. While they were walking, the victim noticed that the accused was taking her to the bushes. When she questioned the accused, he became aggressive. He dragged her into the bush, strangled her until she lost consciousness and raped her until the morning. The victim gained consciousness and was shocked to find the accused starring at her with her clothes in his hands. He told her to dress up and follow him. Fearing for her life she did as instructed and followed the accused to his home at Ntuthunga area where he raped her again.

The victim managed to escape and went straight to Ntambanana police station where charges of rape and kidnapping were opened for investigation. The docket was transferred to Empangeni Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for further investigation. Ximba made several court appearances at Empangeni Regional Court where he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and 18 years imprisonment for two counts of rape and three years for kidnapping.

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