Durban - The actions of a man who raped three women, one of whom was physically disabled and confined to a wheelchair, were “loathsome and despicable”.
Sentencing the man to two life terms for the rape of the elderly disabled victim and the rape of her 15-year-old daughter, Pietermaritzburg High Court judge Rishi Seegobin on Thursday said that the sentences had to reflect society’s disgust and outrage.
“Enough is enough. The message must be sent to men who believe that they can commit these acts of sexual depravity against our women and children to satisfy their own wanton lust, that their actions will not be tolerated,” Judge Seegobin said.
Sokhela Gida, 20, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was sentenced to a further 10 years for the rape of another woman, to 10 years for housebreaking with intent to rape, and to five years for assault.
His application for leave to appeal against the sentences was refused.
The judge said Gida, who has a previous conviction for an assault in 2010, was clearly someone who was on his way to becoming a serial rapist.
“It was only a matter of time before you resorted to committing murder as well,” Judge Seegobin said.
In pleading guilty, Gida admitted to raping a woman in Effingham in Durban on August 14, 2010.
He allegedly grabbed the woman from behind and pulled her into an old, abandoned car, where he raped her.
The second attack occurred in January 2011 in the Nadalane area of Port Shepstone.
Gida confessed to breaking into a house through a window, where he found a 15-year-old girl sleeping, raped her, and fell asleep.
When he woke up he found the teenager’s physically disabled mother asleep on a mattress on the floor. He said he forced himself on the woman and raped her.
Judge Seegobin said Gida’s crimes would have long term and devastating effects on his victims.