A Nigerian national has been sentenced to five life terms plus five years for rape, human trafficking and assault.
In 2017, Peter Akadoronge lured three women from Limpopo by promising them jobs, but instead, he raped and trafficked them.
Several men were arrested with Akadoronge but later released.
Nigerian national Peter Akadoronge, who lured women from Limpopo with the promise of employment and instead trafficked and raped them repeatedly, has been sentenced to five life terms.
On Tuesday, the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court sentenced Akadoronge, 37, to five life terms plus five years for crimes that happened in Thohoyandou on 26 November 2017.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), three women went in search of work when they were approached by three Nigerian men with offers of employment.
One of the women suggested they go to a nearby nightclub to discuss the offer of employment.
There the men bought them drinks that were spiked, which rendered them unconscious.
After regaining consciousness, they realised they were in an unknown place.
“They testified that they found themselves in a room with two unknown ladies. The room had no windows, except for one mattress that was on the floor. The two ladies informed them that they were in Rosettenville, Johannesburg,” NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said.
She added the three men removed the women and thereafter told them they had found the jobs they were looking for, which entailed them selling their bodies. The complainants told their captors they were not going to sell their bodies. At this point, their captors started assaulting them and told them to take off their clothes.
They testified they were raped as an induction to teach them about their newly found jobs.
After raping them, they were forced to take drugs on a daily basis while being held captive.
Mjonondwane said different men were brought in to have sexual intercourse with them, following payment to their captors.
If they refused to have sex with these men, they would be assaulted and deprived of food.
As time went by, their captors started trusting them and would leave them unguarded in the yard.
On 9 May 2018, they managed to escape and stopped a vehicle that took them to Moffatview police station.
The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit took them to a centre, where they were counselled, examined by doctors and treated for drug addiction.
The next day, Detective Armstrong Ndlala took them to Rosettenville in search of the suspects and they managed to point out Akadoronge who was found standing next to a streetlight with eight other men.
All were arrested but later released, except for Akadoronge.
He remained in custody until the finalisation of his case.
“State advocate Colleen Ryan argued that Akadoronge came as a visitor in South Africa and chose to disregard the laws of this country,” the NPA said, adding Ryan argued he had left his victims with both emotional and physical scars.
Magistrate Simon Radasi said the government had promulgated various legislation to turn the tide against gender-based violence, but these crimes continued unabated.
“Women have a legitimate claim to walk freely in our streets without fear of being abducted. The courts must remove people that are of danger to society out of circulation for very long periods to send a clear message that our justice system frowns upon such inhumane acts,” he added.
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