Johannesburg - Police constable Mokolo Molekoa was on Thursday found guilty of raping 16 women.
In total, Johannesburg High Court Judge Peter Mabuse convicted Molekoa on 35 of the 46 charges for which he was tried.
These included 16 of the 17 rape charges, nine kidnapping charges, seven of robbery, two of attempted robbery and one of theft.
Molekoa went on a serial raping spree between March 2011 and June last year, offering women lifts in his BMW, then taking them to deserted areas to rape them.
In some cases, he would gang-rape the women with accomplices who have never arrested.
Judge Mabuse said he found most of Molekoa’s evidence to be fabrications that had no support.
He said Molekoa’s claim that he had relationships with the women was highly unlikely, saying the evidence against him was impeccable.
It was most unlikely that any man would leave his girlfriend in the middle of a field or point a firearm at her, Judge Mabuse elaborated.
He said that in all the cases, Molekoa did not act like he was in love with the women, but instead took things from them.
The judge acquitted Molekoa on 10 kidnapping charges and one of rape, saying the State did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the incidents were without the women’s consent as they had initially entered Molekoa’s vehicle willingly.
Molekoa remained calm and expressionless throughout the judgment, and shook hands and chatted to his friends after his conviction.
Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training chief executive Irene Khumalo said: “All these cases are about power and control. When custodians of the law are involved, it leaves you vulnerable.
“Who are we supposed to trust if those who are supposed to be upholding the law are the ones breaking it?” she asked.
Khumalo welcomed the judgment, saying Molekoa’s conduct was appalling and not acceptable.
The case was postponed to January 22 for the victim impact reports to be heard.
Molekoa’s reign of terror:
March 7, 2011
Olifantsfontein: His first victim, a 28-year-old, is raped after he forces her into his car and steals her cellphone.
March 28, 2011
Midrand: A second victim, 19, and her friend, 18, are kidnapped and robbed in Midrand, and gang-raped by Molekoa and his two accomplices near the Waterval cemetery in Kempton Park.
April 3, 2011
Midrand: A fourth victim, 27, is kidnapped and robbed, then taken to the Waterval Cemetery and raped.
May 23, 2011
Olifantsfontein: A 26-year-old woman is robbed and raped near Leisure Lakes.
June 6, 2011
Olifantsfontein: Another woman, 27,is robbed, kidnapped and raped in an open field near Leisure Lakes.
June 19, 2011
Tembisa: Two girl cousins, aged 18 and 14, are kidnapped and raped. The14-year-old was allegedly raped by Molekoa while the 18-year-old was raped by his accomplice.
July 28, 2011
Randburg: A woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped in Northriding.
August 27, 2011
Randburg: A 20-year-old is raped in bushes near Klipfontein View.
Sep 15, 2011
Bramley View: Another woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped.
October 16, 2011
Kempton Park: A 37-year-old woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped.
January 29, 2012
Kempton Park: A woman, 22, is kidnapped at gunpoint before being robbed and raped.
May 6, 2012
Tembisa and Kempton Park: A 20-year-old is kidnapped, robbed and raped. On the same day, another victim, aged 29, is also kidnapped and raped.
June 17, 2012
Olifantsfontein: A 19-year-old is kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint and raped near Leisure Lakes.
June 30, 2012
Randburg: An 18-year-old is kidnapped in Randburg and raped in Bryanston.