THE notorious "Facebook" rapist was sentenced to three life terms and 280 years in prison by the Makhanda High Court in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape on Monday, 15 May.
According to Colonel Priscilla Naidu, 36-year-old Khululekani Justin Ngqeza’s cunning and devious ploy to exploit young teenage girls and women through his Facebook page started between 2019 and 2020, and he was finally arrested in May 2020.
“During his two-year stint, 10 females between the ages of 15-21 were lured by him, promising them a lucrative modelling career. He met his victims either at B& B’s or in remote bushy areas where he made them pay for the photos and then raped them,” said Naidu.
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After raping his last victim in Queenstown in May 2020, she immediately alerted the police and the information gathered showed that he was on his way to Mthatha.
“A roadblock was set up and he was arrested at Kei Bridge on 19 May 2020.
Since his arrest, six other victims came forward and opened cases. Three of his victims were from the Western Cape (Woodstock and Sea Point),” said Naidu.
He remained in custody until the finalisation of his case.
On 6 February 2023, he was found guilty on all charges, ranging from rape to human trafficking.
On Monday, 15 May, Ngqeza was sentenced. All other sentences are imposed concurrently with the three life sentences.
Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mene, said that these sentences are a victory for all the victims who suffered humiliating degradation at the hands of a cruel man.
Mene also praised the excellent investigative skills of the Head Office Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (Serial and Electronic Crime Investigation), for ensuring that the unremorseful and shameless rapist remains behind bars for the rest of his life.