Mpho Rakgwale, the country’s youngest rapist received six life sentences yesterday at the Johannesburg High Court after he was found guilty on 61 charges by Judge George Maluleke.
The charges including 21 rapes, 17 kidnapping, six unlawful possession of firearms, five aggravated robberies, six unlawful possession of ammunition and six robbery charges.
The sentences will run concurrently, which means he will serve one life sentence.
During his raping spree, Rakgwale would in some instances make girls lie on tombstones as he raped them in a graveyard. In other incidents, he would force his victims to perform stripteases or imitate the moans of a pornographic movie.
He used either a firearm or a knife to rob the girls of money and cellphones before raping them.
Rakgwale had previously told the court that he did not use a condom in many of the cases, and smoked dagga before violating some of them.
Some of the victims, aged between 13 and 20, were virgins. Others were raped repeatedly. In one instance, he had gang-raped a 13-year-old girl with two or three of his friends.