Life sentence for Siyabuswa rapist

Shaggy David Mgigi terrorised the Siyabuswa community between 2009 and 2014. One of his victims was pregnant when she was raped.

Shaggy Davic Mgigi (43) who was arrested in April 2015, received a hefty sentence including four life sentences for rape, in the Middelburg High Court. One of his victims was pregnant, he forced another victim to take a bath and a third victim was dragged out of her house and in to near by bushed where she was raped.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Hawks, says Mgigi terrorised the Siyabuswa community between 2009 and 2014 where he committed four rapes, five aggravated robberies and one house breaking.

Rape victims did not only have to endure the violence of the sexual act, but also had their personal belongings stolen from them.

His victims were:

  • A 32-year-old woman in 2009.
  • A 25 -year-old woman in 2012.
  • A 28-year-old woman in 2013.
  • A 25-year-old woman in 2014.

The cases were opened and investigated by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) at Kwamhlanga. They eventually arrested Mgigi April 7, 2015 and he was kept in custody until his trial was finalised on Monday.

In addition to the four life sentences for the four counts of rape, Mgigi received a sentence of 15 years for each of the robbery charges and an additional five years for house breaking.

He was delcared unfit to possess a firearm.

The court says that Mgigi should be locked away for a long time to pay for what he did. One of his victims were pregnant when she was raped, another victim was dragged out of her house and raped in nearby bushes while other victims were forced to take a bath.

Mgigi was 30 when he committed the crimes, the court says that it is old enough to take responsibility for what he has done.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela applauded the excellent work done the team of investigators, the Prosecution team and the Judiciary which led to his incarceration.

“The sentence handed down by the court will hopefully send a clear message to perpetrators of Gender-Based-Violence that the law will deal harshly with them. The sentence complements the good work by police who are striving and working hard to protect the vulnerable groups,” says the General.

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