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News: Grabouw serial rapist incarcerated for life ahead of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

CAPE TOWN - As the country prepares to generate heightened awareness on Gender-based Violence and Femicide through the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, seven life sentences were handed down to a Grabouw serial rapist in the Strand Regional Court during the past week. The hefty sentence is welcomed by SAPS management in the Province. Sinaye Siqhuma, aged 29, preyed on female hitchhikers along the N2 near Grabouw. He won their trust by offering assistance as they hitchhiked. He reportedly accompanied three victims aged between 20 and 30, one at a time during the period of November and December 2018 and after the victims were offered a lift to the Sir Lowry Pass area, he would lure them to a secluded area where he raped them.

A thorough investigation by a SAPS detective led to the arrest of Siqhuma towards the end of December 2018.

The well-prepared case dockets and DNA evidence were presented before court. He was convicted on seven charges of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment on all seven charges. The sentences will be served concurrently and Siqhuma will effectively be confined to a prison cell for life.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the investigation and the prosecuting teams for removing the ruthless rapist from society, so that many women can be spared the trauma of the heinous crime of rape. As the country enters the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children period, local communities will be safer with Siqhuma incarcerated.


Colonel Andrè Traut
083 300 1752



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