Serial rapist and GBV perpetuator slapped with 13 years imprisonment in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Cabinet has commended the High Court in Mpumalanga for three life sentence handed to serial rapist Mfanasibili [Image:courtesy]
The South African cabinet has applauded the justice system for sending out an ambiguous sentence to would-be offenders with a triple life sentence handed down to rapist and murderer Mfanasibili Cornelius Mnsisi by the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court in Mbombela.

“Cabinet welcomed the triple life sentence handed down to rapist and murder Mfanasibili Cornelius Mnissi (29) BY THE Mpumalanga Division of the High Court in Mbombela recently.

This harsh sentence demonstrates the zero-tolerance approach against GBVF (gender-based violence and femicide) by the criminal justice system,” said Minister in the presidency Mondli Gungubele.

Mnisi was sentenced last month for his reign of terror, where he tormented defenseless women between December 2011 and November 2015.

A spokesperson for the South African Police Service is Mpumalanga, Colonel Donald Mdhuli, said: “The court then took the decision to remove him from the society for a very long time so that women would walk freely knowing that omen of the perpetrators of gender-based violence is behind bars.”

The court heard how in December 2011, Mnisi took advantage of an 18-year-old woman after she lost contact with her friends at a tavern in Matsulu.

“Mnisi offered to take her home but detoured along the way and drove to his house with her and upon arrival, held her hostage using a knife and raped her. The matter was reported to police in Matsulu where a case was opened and the docket assigned to the family violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).”

Mnisi went on to prey on another woman, aged 29, in October 2014.

“The woman was on her way to catch a bus to work in the morning. The accused offered to take her to the bus stop. He instead, took her to a secluded area where he raped her upon arrival and strangled her to deal,” said Mdhuli.

In November 2015, Mnisi preyed on a 20-year old woman who he had invited to visit him at Matsulu. Mnisi introduced the woman to one of her family members but later took her to a secluded area at night where he raped and strangled her until she was unconscious.

For defeating the ends of justice, Munisi was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He also received 10 years imprisonment for a count of attempted murder totaling thirteen years.