‘Just let me hang’: Convicted robber, rapist slapped with additional 50yrs

Xolisani Nkala

Xolisani Nkala

Tanaka Mrewa, Court Reporter
A VILE robber and rapist serving 20 years at Khami prison on the outskirts of Bulawayo, yesterday demanded to be sentenced to death after he was slapped with an additional 50 years in prison.

Xolisani Nkala (30) — described as a drama king by State-certified pyschiatrists for feigning mental illness — was convicted of two counts of robbery and two rape counts by Regional Magistrate Mr Chrispen Mberewere due to overwhelming evidence.

“For each of your two robbery counts you will serve five years. Two years out of the 10 will be suspended on condition of good behaviour for the next five years. For rape you will serve 20 years for each count. This court will set aside 10 years of the combined 40 years on the same condition of good behaviour.

Your effective sentence is 38 years,” said Mr Mberewere.

A seemingly perplexed Nkala shouted that the magistrate should have sent him to the gallows.

“It’s best that you just let me hang. These years are too much for me. I’m serving already and you give me such years. Just condemn me because I’ll spend the rest of my life in prison,” he said.

Mr Mberewere heard how Nkala recorded a sickening sex attack on one of the victims on video and also raped the other victim thrice with her seven-month-old infant strapped on her back.

Nkala made headlines last month when he demanded that the State avails Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Mr Temba Mliswa, Ms Dorcas Sibanda, Mr Prince Sibanda, Dr Joice Mujuru and Advocate Nelson Chamisa as his witnesses.

On another appearance, he hit the magistrate with a frog before asking for his case to be moved to the High Court claiming that there was bad blood between him and the magistrate.

The State assigned three psychiatrists to examine him and they all certified him sane, describing him as a drama king.

Yesterday, he employed his drama stunts again during mitigation when he told the court that he had many children.

“I have many children Your Worship. Everyone who believes in God is my child. Before I got arrested, I used to source clients for magistrates, I would go to prison where I would find them inmates who wanted to get bail and directly link them,” said Nkala.

Prosecuting, Mr Simbarashe Manyiwa said sometime in 2013, Nkala, who pretended to be a tout to lure his first victim, led a woman to a vehicle in the Bulawayo city centre on the pretext that it was bound for Gwanda.

“The woman got into the vehicle and the driver drove off along Harare road. The driver told her he wanted to collect a spare wheel from an undisclosed place,” said Mr Manyiwa.

“He drove along Harare Road until he reached Fort Rixon turn off. He then asked Nkala and the woman to disembark.”

He said Nkala took the woman to a nearby bush and demanded her phone and money threatening to kill her if she didn’t comply.

“In fear, the woman gave Nkala R400 and her Nokia phone. He ordered her to undress and wore a condom before raping her once while recording the attack with a cellphone,” said Mr Manyiwa.

The woman walked back towards Bulawayo and was picked up by a motorist in Ntabazinduna who took her to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) where she made a report at the police post.

On the second count, Nkala met a woman at the City Hall in the Bulawayo Central Business District.

Mr Manyiwa said he asked for her cellphone number.

“He called her the following day claiming he had second hand clothes for sale. He asked her to meet him in town so that they could go to Ntabazinduna where the clothes were,” he said.

At Nhlambabaloyi, he allegedly led the woman, who was carrying a baby on her back, into a bush.

Nkala allegedly forced her to kneel and raped her three times from behind.

— @tannytkay

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  • Mthwakazi

    This would be a waste of taxpayers’ money if he doesn’t get a presidential pardon next year in the run up to elections. This is why I would always support the death penalty in serious cases such as this one. Feeding and accessing healthcare while in prison all those years will rake in a huge bill. Put him out of his misery already – hang him!!!

    • PHAT-B

      Man a prison is a correctional facility and every individual deserves the right to come out alive. Even 200 years or 2 life sentences were appropriate. Remember every crime has a set maximum sentence and if it doesn’t attract a death sentence 1 is not sentenced to. Mind you the main idea of the courts is to send a message to us who would be thinking of committing a crime that we might be applying for elimination from the public for a verrrry long time if not forever!!!!

      • Mthwakazi

        A death sentence is appropriate in this case, I rest my case.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Hanging him appears to be a reasonable way of solving this man’s dilemma , but alas I beg to differ ndoda. This man must reform so that society might accept him once again. hang will not correct his errant behaviour. The owner of life is God. it is true keeping him in prison is very costly. If you are sent to jail it does mean you are no longer human. Remember that guy who 200 years – he is still around.

      • Makhosi Gwababa

        According to the Law the death sentence is only given when the crime ins Murder in the first degree and treason.

        • J

          Personal feeling or sentiment-the law should be revised to be in-sympathetic to cruel criminals who go to an extent of raping even infants. Surely you will agree with me that such people do not deserve a place in society.

      • Mr Bee

        You would not be saying the same statement if it was your wife who was raped carrying your child on her back

        • Mthwakazi

          He was a crazy. If it only happens to other people, it doesn’t impact him and his immediate family. Capital punishment is appropriate in this case.

      • Mthwakazi

        This is someone out to live a life of crime and will never reform. Had he not been caught, he could have graduated to murder. We are being proactive here.

  • PHAT-B

    Build a special cell for 2 people and let him wait for 1 other guy if he doesn’t get a death sentence,,,,,,,,who can give a world guess who the 2nd guy is????? I promise a crate of whatever you drink!!!!!

  • Sonde The Other

    This pathetic Southerner with Northern tendencies should be hanged by his smelly b**ls until he can no longer breathe as per his clearly expressed wish.

    • Tonde the main one

      The behaviour displayed is that of a true Southerner! Sonde the other, please do not blame us peace loving, rape averse Northerners!

      • Sondo

        Neither of you are my father or uncle Tonde. You are both fakes.

        • Sonde

          Everyone wants to be me my son.

          • Tonde

            I am shell shocked. Your son calling me Uncle? This is truly a unity agreement between the Tondes and Sondes.

  • Mr Bee

    The magistrate should have given him what he wanted.

  • qondani

    You can hang yourself if u want to

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