Randy Tango at the Western Cape High Court on trial for rape and murder. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ANA

Self-confessed rapist and killer Randy Tango received judgment in the Cape High Court today and may face three life sentences behind bars for the rape and murder of Stacha Arendse, 11.

Earlier this week, Tango pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape which took place between 2008 and 2012 in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain.

One of the victims was 14-years-old at the time and claimed she became pregnant during the second incident.

But Tango did plead guilty to two counts of rape and guilty to one count of murder of Stacha on March 27, 2017, in Matroosberg Street, Tafelsig.

He also gave the court a plea explanation. He said he killed Stacha because he didn't want to go to jail after raping her and that he strangled her before dumping her body on Tafelsig Sportsground.

Stacha Arendse

Judge Henney started his judgment on the two rape victims, who had testified this week after their cases which had been withdrawn and was reopened this year. 

He said the women’s evidence was not strong enough to convince the court and was left with a lot of inconsistencies.

He added the first victim had also become romantically involved with Tango.

Henney stated Tango changed his story, that he did not know his first victim, who is now 23-years-old, had been 14-years-old at the time and then admitted she was underage.

On all four counts of rape, he found Tango not guilty, but guilty of statutory rape.

He also found Tango guilty of two counts of rape and guilty for the murder of Stacha Arendse.

Sentencing has been set for Monday, December 11.

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