May 28, 2022

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Serial rapist jailed in Western Cape

A 23-year-old serial rapist has been sentenced to three life sentences after he was exposed by a former police officer who found a link to reported crimes from 2017.

Mzwanele Thando Hohlo was arrested on Tuesday, dated Wynberg Magistrates’ Court sentenced to a hefty sentence for sex offenses in Cape Town.

“In 2018, former investigator Capt Herman Hanekom of the Nyanga SAPS Division of Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Sex Offenses made a connection in reported Cases from Philippi East district where the defendant used the same approach,” said police spokesman Ndakhe Gwala.

“He collected exhibits of similar cases and sent them to the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory for DNA analysis. The results showed that all cases were related to a case opened at Langa SAPS against Mzwanele Hohlo in 2017.”

Hohlo could not be located at his address, but the investigating officer located his mother in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape, who confirmed his date of birth. She had no knowledge of his whereabouts.

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Photos of the suspect and his ID number were circulated as the hunt continued.

“Only up to his girlfriend reported assault charges against him in 2019 that he was arrested. The friend positively identified the suspect as Mzwanele Thando Hohlo when shown a picture,” Gwala said.

“One of the victims was raped twice and stabbed in the head to kill her.” p>

“The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to three life terms for rape, two five-year terms for attempted murder, and 12 months for assault.”


Meanwhile the same court sentenced a 27-year-old man to 20 and 15-year prison terms. In March 2019, Sandile Tyhalelo attacked a woman six months pregnant on a farm in Philippi in broad daylight.

“The defendant hit the victim on the head with a brick, knocking her out and then raping her twice . The victim sustained injuries to her legs, abdomen, arms and back,” said Gwala.

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