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The Balaclava Rapist

On Special Assignment at 21:00

For years in Alexandra Township, girls as young as 14 years old, women and couples fell prey to two serial rapists hiding in balaclavas. The men would rob, rape, kidnap and force couples to have sex with each other at gunpoint. Late last year, the men – Josias Xaniseka Mkansi and Sinja Robin Mabitsela - were sentenced to 14 life terms and 185 years, and 32 life sentences plus 270 years respectively.  This brought their almost decade long reign of terror to an end.

In this episode of Special Assignment we put the spotlight on this painful chapter that the community of Alexandra has finally been able to close. But, the men leave behind a trail of destruction where some victims have never been able to recover from their ordeal. The families of the two perpetrators are left in disbelief and cannot fathom who the rapists really were. This programme also focuses on the phenomenon of serial rape, its modus operandi and how the law deals with it.

Watch The Balaclava Rapists produced by Lindile Mpanza for Special Assignment, aired Mondays at 21h00 on SABC3.

For more information contact the Special Assignment office: 011 714 5419

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