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Cape Town - A serial rapist has been sentenced to 108 years behind bars for his reign of terror on innocent young women.

On Tuesday, a judge at the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court ruled Siyamcela Ntombini to serve a life sentence and 30 years direct imprisonment.

The 32-year-old rapist from Kanana in Gugulethu was convicted of 13 counts of kidnapping, 13 counts of rape, 13 counts of theft, two counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm, a count of illegal possession of ammunition and a count of discharging a firearm.

He was also sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for 12 counts of rape and life imprisonment for one count of rape, where he sexually attacked the victim twice.

He got 65 years for 13 counts of kidnapping and a further six years and six months for the kidnappings.

An additional six years and six months were added for the 13 theft charges.

These sentences will run concurrently.

For being in possession of a firearm, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail, with another 15 years for the illegal possession of ammunition and discharging of a firearm in a built-up area.

These sentences will not run concurrently with the life imprisonment.

During 2014 and 2015, Ntombini lured his victims, all young women who were either unemployed or hoping for better jobs, to the outskirts of Bellville.

The neatly dressed suspect would offer them jobs as cleaners at Tygerberg Hospital or a place close to the hospital, and walk with them there.

He would then threaten them with a knife or gun, rape them and steal their belongings.

It was eventually DNA testing which directly linked Ntombini to the crimes.