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2020/09/02      |  Written By:  Sergeant N Rwexana   |   Province:  Western Cape

Cape Town- The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Yolisa Matakata has applauded the conviction and sentencing of Thobile Dyonase to double life imprisonment on 24 counts comprising rape, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery with aggravating circumstances at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The accused, a taxi driver aged 29 committed the heinous crimes between 12 August 2017 and 2 October 2017 in the Joe Slovo and Parklands areas.

The modus operandi of the accused in all the incidents was the same. He would to offer his victims a lift in his Toyota Avanza to their workplaces and take them on a different route, locked the doors and then committed the crimes. Seven women had on different dates fallen victim to the accused. One victim went through the ordeal in the presence of her minor son who was also kidnapped and robbed.

Dyonase was arrested on 2 October 2017 on the corners of Study and Blouberg Roads In Table View, the same morning of his attack on his last victim. On 1 June 2020 the accused was convicted in the Western Cape High Court on 6 counts of rape, 8 counts of kidnapping, 8 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and 1 count of sexual assault. He was sentenced as follows; two life sentences for rape; 15 years imprisonment on each of the eight robberies with aggravating circumstances counts; 10 years imprisonment on four counts of rape; five years imprisonment on eight counts of kidnapping and 10 years imprisonment for sexual assault. These sentences will run concurrently.

Lt General Matakata says the sentencing will send a stern warning that crime does not pay. “Cape Town communities, particularly women will be safer with the accused serving a lengthy sentence”. She also applauded the investigation and prosecution teams for not failing the victims of crime.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant VatiswaTsotso, Provincial FCS Serial Electronic Crimes Investigation Unit, in front of the Western Cape High Court.