Butterworth man handed lengthy sentence for rape committed while out on bail for another rape

JANUARY 12, 2017

Justice was finally served when the Butterworth Regional Magistrate's Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced 27-year-old Xolisa Solala to 28 years behind bars for two separate rape cases that occurred in 2013 and 2015.

"The accused first raped a 19-year-old woman on the 14 June 2013, at about 21:15, at Nqabarha Location, Thafeni Village, Dutywa," described police spokesperson, Capt Jackson  Manatha .

"It is alleged the victim and the accused were from a tarven going back to their various homes. The accused proposed from the victim but his proposal was rejected.

"After the rejection of the proposal, the accused accosted the victim and raped her."

Captain Manatha said that the accused was later traced and arrested. He was, however, released on bail.

"In the second case, the accused met with the group of young school girls, who were from a netball match. It was on the 13 May 2015, at about 18:10 at Bhongweni Location, Mangathi Village, Dutywa.

"He drew his knife and chased them. Unfortunately he caught up with a 15-year-old girl and dragged her to nearby bushes where he raped her," described Captain Manatha.

"He was later traced and arrested."

For the first case, Solala was handed an eight-year sentence and for the second rape case, he was handed a 20-year sentence.

"Both cases were properly and professionally investigated by Butterworth Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS)," said Captain Manatha.

"Butterworth Cluster Commander, Brigadier Trevor Mey congratulated Butterworth FCS Unit for its proper investigation of crimes against women and children.

"He also welcomed the sentence and hoped it would serve as a deterrence to would be other rapists."