Serial rapist sentenced to 1088 years in prison
On Thursday, May 27, a Pretoria high court sentenced a convicted serial rapist who raped and robbed 56 women across Pretoria suburbs to 1,088 years in jail.
Sello Abram Mapunya, 33, was found guilty of 41 rapes, 40 distinct home breakings and home robberies, as well as assault with the purpose to do severe bodily injury, robbery, and theft on Wednesday, May 26.
Mapunya attacked women in Tshwane’s neighbourhoods of Nellmapius, Mamelodi, Silverton, Olievenhoutbosch, and Atteridgeville while living with his girlfriend, eight-year-old son, and four-year-old daughter in Pretoria.
His youngest victim was fourteen years old. In Olievenhoutbosch, she was attacked while walking home with a companion. His oldest victim was 55 years old.
Mapunya’s crime spree began in 2014 and ended in March 2019 when he was apprehended by police from the serial electronic crimes investigation team. He was initially charged with 101 distinct offences.
After being found guilty of 41 rapes, 40 instances of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and 40 crimes of housebreaking, Judge Papi Mosopa sentenced the defendant to 1,088 years in prison.
Mosopa stated that none of the penalties would be served at the same time. Mapunya was sentenced to life in prison for rapping his underage victim and three other women many times.
Mosopa said Mapunya was “hell bent” on trespassing on society’s most vulnerable and their right to dignity and security, condemning “evil” to an eternity in prison. Mosopa stated, “He failed to demonstrate any contrition.”
Refilwe Selamolela, his youngest victim, now 19 and willing to be recognized, said she had spent years wondering why men raped and injured women.