The notorious UCT rapist has been sentenced to nine life terms behind bars.
On Monday, the Western Cape High Court described the terror that gripped women in Cape Town during 43-year-old Mthunzi Hlomane’s four-month raping spree.
Hlomane, who also used the name Patrick, attacked women between November 2015 and February 2016.
Living in bushes near the famous Rhodes Memorial, he assaulted and raped six young women who were jogging or walking on their own.
Five of the women were students, and only one victim escaped without being raped.
“The absolute fear over which potential victims lived with on a day to day basis in Cape Town, it’s still in our memories,” Acting Judge Mushtak Parker said before handing down the sentence.
At the time, UCT offered a reward of R100 000 for information leading to his arrest. The search for Hlomane finally ended when police arrested him in March.
Hlomane pleaded guilty to all the charges against him which included rape, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The plea and sentence agreement revealed how the rapes were planned. Shortly before the attacks began, he watched
pornography on his cellphone.
He admitted that like the porn stars, some of his victims had braids, which he preferred.
Each victim was also severely assaulted and suffered facial injuries.
He forced them to walk naked and/or blindfolding them, and created the impression that he was photographing them with his cellphone, and threatened to post the photos on social media.
Hlomane said he was “sincerely sorry” and apologised to his victims.
None of the victims were present in court.