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Gang’s alleged spree ends in court, but it’s not enough for residents

Chilling testimony gives insight to the reign of terror, which gang members at first admitted to but are now denying

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For nine months, the residents of Tshepisong were terrorised by a group of at least nine men whose rape and robbery spree went unabated as police struggled to track them down.

Eight women’s lives were forever altered after a series of gang rapes, and it was only with the community’s intervention – a tip-off to police investigators – that the alleged gang was arrested in 2016 and now stands trial at the High Court in Johannesburg.

For the past few weeks, Thomas Tivane, Makamu Mapedje, Alex Mabuya, Boavida Chilengue, Gito Maguele, Jordan Bila, Antonio Timbe, George Mabunda and Jeremias Sithole had to listen to the majority of the complainants’ horror stories detailing how they were robbed and raped in deserted areas of Tshepisong...

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