Johannesburg - The sentencing of serial rapist Reginald Temana was expected to begin in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.

Temana, 21, was convicted on eight charges of rape, one of attempted rape, three of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and five of theft.

The crimes happened near the Pretoria Zoo between October 2009 and March 2010. All the women testified how the short, friendly Temana turned into a brutal rapist after approaching them on the streets of central Pretoria.

He threatened and assaulted his victims, forced them into the bushes and raped them. His youngest victim was 16. He robbed all of the women of their cellphones and money. In one case he took his victim's shoes.

Temana was linked to seven of the victims through DNA from his semen.

Probation officer Monica Mandivavarira recommended life imprisonment for Temana as he had failed to take responsibility for his actions. - Sapa