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COLLEN MANDLA NDALA (43) SENTENCED TO 37 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPE, ASSAULT, ATTEMPTED RAPE, KIDNAPING AND COMPELLED SELF SEXUAL ASSAULT

“Another hefty sentence meted against gender based violent perpetrator”

KWAGGAFONTEIN – On May 15, 2020 a 43-year-old Collen Mandla Ndala was sentenced to 37 years imprisonment for various charges including rape, assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted rape, kidnaping as well as compelled self sexual assault by the Mkobola Regional Court in Kwaggafontein.
The court heard how between December 2013 as well as January 2015, Ndala, who by then worked as a taxi driver, took a nasty advantage of his victims by targeting vulnerable and unsuspecting women who were hitch-hiking at night.  He would then offer them a lift, enquire about their destinations and after a short distance, would make an excuse that he needed to pass by his house first to switch on the lights to which his victims would agree. Ndala would then take a detour, drive to a secluded area and brutally rape his defenseless victims.
The incident came to light when two victims aged 15 and 24 respectively, separately reported the matter to the police who immediately opened cases and commenced with investigations.
Within a reasonable time, the astute team of police detectives who worked on the investigations, managed to track down and arrested Ndala in 2015, who remained in custody since then. During the trial, police presented a water tight case against him and he could not find a loophole to escape the overwhelming evidence which eventually led to his conviction and subsequent sentencing yesterday.

Ndala was finally sentenced to 37 years imprisonment for the five counts as follows:

  • Count 1 which is assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm, he was sentenced to seven (07) years,
  • Count 2 which is attempted rape, Ndala was sent packing to three (03) years,
  • Count 3 which is kidnaping, he was sentenced to five (15) years,
  • Count 4, the tape rape case, he was sentenced to twenty five (25) years,
  • For the charge of compelled self sexual assault case, he was sentenced to two (02) years.
Count 1 and 2 will be served concurrently whilst Count 4 and 5 will also be served concurrently. The total years Ndala will languish in jail are 37.
He was also found to be unfit to work with children as stipulated in the Children’s Act and unfit to posses a firearm as stipulated in the Firearms Control Act.

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