Cape Town - Serial rapist and paedophile Sikhangele Mki has been handed 15 life terms and an additional 120 years imprisonment by the Western Cape High Court.
The sentences are set to run concurrently.
Handing down the sentence Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath ordered that Mki’s name be recorded in the sexual offenders register.
"Rape is an extremely serious offence; it is humiliating, degrading and an invasion of one’s privacy - an invasion of a person and the person’s innermost private space.
"Rape has deviated physical and psychological impacts that is evident in the victim impacts statements I have received. All complaints were emotionally, psychologically and severely traumatised by the incidents," she said
Mki, 34, was convicted of 27 counts of kidnapping and 30 counts of rape. The ages of his victims varied from 11 to 28; nine of them are under the age of 16 and the youngest victim was 11 years old.
In addition to the counts were 12 counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, six counts of attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, three counts of attempted robbery, two counts of robbery and four counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Goliath described the crimes as "heinous in the extreme".
She said her sentence in this matter would send a message to Mki and all other "would be criminals" that impose violence against women and children.
"Violence against women and children is endemic in South Africa. Society demands heavy punishment of rapist," she said.