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Taxi driver handed double life sentence for raping two NMU students in 2016

Oct 17, 2017
Taxi driver handed double life sentence for raping two NMU students in 2016

The Port Elizabeth SAPS Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) once again secured two life sentences after a 28-year-old rapist, Kwanele Nogodama, was sentenced by the Port Elizabeth High Court, which convicted him on two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and pointing of a firearm following the rape of two Nelson Mandela University students in 2016. 

According to police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu, the sentencing is as follows:

  • Two charges of rape – life sentence for each count;
  • Two chargs of kidnapping – 3 years for each count;
  • Robbery with aggravating circumstances – 15 years; and
  • Pointing of a firearm – 5 years.

"All other sentences will run concurrent to the life sentence," she added.

It is alleged that on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, at about 18:20, two students, aged 18 and 20-years-old from the then-Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) boarded a taxi to the PE central business district (CBD).

"The taxi driver failed to stop at their destination, but instead drove them to Kwazakele. One of the victims was allegedly raped before the driver brought them back to the CBD," said Col Naidu.

"The driver then drove with them around the CBD before taking them back to Kwazakele where both females were allegedly raped at a house. The following morning, they were dropped off at a bus stop. They reported the case at SAPS New Brighton."

On the 30th of October 2016, the FCS unit in Port Elizabeth received information that the suspect was a passenger in a taxi near Njoli Square, in New Brighton.

"Information was immediately followed up and the suspect arrested," said Col Naidu.

"He remained in custody until the finalisation of the case."

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga has commended the FCS unit for their  thorough investigations.

"We commend our FCS Unit and our justice system for their sterling efforts in bringing these perpetrators to book. The SAPS has the responsibility to protect the vulnerable in society and these responsibilities are taken seriously  through thorough investigations, effective arrests  and prosecutions.

"Sentences such as this will serve as a deterrent to potential rapists and the SAPS through its FCS units will leave nothing to chance," added Maj Gen Siganga.