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Johanesburg - Two people were arrested at the weekend for beating a one-year-old baby and a helper in a house robbery in Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Sunday."I can't tell you if we are expecting to make any more arrests. We are letting the investigations continue and then we will see what comes out of it," Colonel Eugene Opperman told Sapa on Sunday.He could not say if a stolen laptop and modem was recovered."All we can say is that some stolen property was found."The arrests were made in Alexandra on Saturday night and police were unable to provide specifics on it.The two, aged 23 and 25, are due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Monday, facing charges of attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.The toddler was severely beaten, along with helper Francina Sekhu, in a house robbery in a Randburg suburb on Thursday.On Sunday, Liezel Furlong, spokesperson for the Sandton Medi-Clinic said the girl remained in a serious but stable condition. It was unknown if she had regained consciousness.Sekhu was being treated for serious head injuries.Opperman said the pair would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of aggravated robbery and murder.
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24 April 2010, 15:30
Joburg serial rapist found guilty
A 13-year-old girl who was sexually violated twice while wearing her school uniform wants her attacker to die - violently.This was Nobantu Sondlo*'s reaction minutes after Acting Judge Gerhardus Hattingh found serial rapist Oupa Mosia guilty on 36 counts of rape, one count of robbery, one count of theft of R260 from one of his rape victims, and four counts of assaulting them.Nobantu's anger grew as Mosia, of Vosloorus Extension 14, Ekurhuleni, apologised only to two of his victims, aged 22 and 21, even though he initially admitted to raping all of his 16 victims.Nobantu, who is now 16, and another victim who was also raped twice, sat in court clutching a cellphone which they used to add up all the rape charges against Mosia. The two looked at each other in shock when the number of charges totalled 36.Nobantu recalled how she blamed herself for accompanying Mosia after he had offered her a weekend job at Edgars. Mosia raped her twice next to the N3 highway on August 3, 2007."Naturally, I am a forgiving person. I would normally forgive any person who wronged me, but never this man. It was like I was dreaming when it happened. I only got my recollection of events as I was walking home. I hate him," Nobantu said.The other victim expressed similar sentiments. She said she initially did not report the incident, thinking her family and friends would call her a fool for going with a stranger.Motlalepula Lechuti* walked straight to Vosloorus police station to report her ordeal on June 22 2007.The ordeal of these 16 females, some of them aged 13, 15 and 16 at the time, led to the prosecutor, advocate Nomthandazo Millicent Chilwane, appealing to the court to hand out the maximum sentence of life on each count of rape.Judge Hattingh recalled the evidence of another 20-year-old victim who was offered a permanent job at Edgars on June 29, 2007.Accompanying Mosia, the victim testified that she became suspicious when he wanted them to cross a bridge, and she ran away. Mosia followed and caught up with her. He then beat her up, punching her in the mouth, and she lost a front tooth.Mosia then took her to the bridge, where he raped her. They dressed, and minutes later he undressed and raped her again. She was raped three times this way.The judge convicted Mosia on all counts after hearing testimony that the serial rapist ejaculated each time.In mitigation of sentence, Mosia asked for forgiveness from his first two victims, saying he was "experiencing difficulty" when he assaulted them, but he did not explain the difficulty.Advocate Elvis Tlake admitted in court that his client had shown no remorse to his victims - a requirement for the judge to consider deviating from passing the maximum sentence.Judge Hattingh is to pass sentence on Wednesday.*Not their real names.