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Rapist Bags Three Life Imprisonments In South Africa1 minute read

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A South African court has sentenced a rapist, Joseph Tebogo Mhlanga, to three life terms, plus 31 years.

The 32-year-old was convicted by Soshanguve Magistrates Court for raping three women and committing a string of housebreaking and theft offences between 2011 and 2014.

The crimes were all committed in Soshanguve, about 30 km north of Pretoria.

Mhlanga was handed a life sentence for each of the three rapes, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and four years for each housebreaking and theft offence.

The convicted man and his accomplice, who is still on the run, took turns to rape two women in April 2011, before robbing them of their cellphones and money.

Then, in June 2011, he intercepted a teenager while on her way to school and raped her.

“The docket was assigned to Detective Sergeant Kgosana [and] he followed all leads until he eventually arrested Mhlanga on 23 August 2018 and charged him with three counts of rape and robbery aggravating,” said police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo.

“The investigating officer went the extra mile and checked if there were other cases [to which] Mhlanga could be linked. Via reports from SAPS forensic laboratories, Mhlanga was linked to four more cases of housebreaking and theft committed between July 2013 and June 2014.

“All the cases were presented at Soshanguve Magistrates Court with the necessary evidence and Mhlanga was convicted on all the charges.”

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10 Migrants From Comoros Drown Trying To Reach Mayotte

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Ten migrants from the Comoro Islands, including a seven-year-old child, have drowned while trying to make their way to the island of Mayotte.

Mayotte, a French territory, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique.

Police said their bodies were found washed up on the beach, with their boat appearing to have capsized in a strong swell.

Rescuers picked up survivors perched on coral reefs.

Mayotte has seen an influx of migrants from neighbouring poor and unstable Comoros and from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About half of Mayotte’s 280,000-odd inhabitants are foreigners, about 95 percent of them from the Comoros.

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Nigerian Army Bombs ISWAP Terrorist Hideout In Lake Chad, Sambisa

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Scores of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed in Nigeria military raid on hideouts in Lake Chad and Sambisa forest in Borno, north-east, Nigeria.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said the air strikes by Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole were launched on Sept. 22 under a subsidiary operation tagged ‘’Operation Hail Storm’’.

Enenche said the air interdiction was aimed at taking out identified Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the North East.

He explained that one of the targets was located at Bula Sabo on the fringes of the Sambisa forest, identified as a settlement used as a dwelling place by some terrorist commanders.

According to him, the task force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, which scored devastating hits on the target buildings, including a logistics facility.

Dole, which is located in the Yale-Kokiwa axis near Dikwa, was targeted because the settlement was being used by the terrorists as a venue to plan and launch attacks against the surrounding areas.

“The NAF attack aircraft similarly engaged the location, inflicting heavy damage on the insurgents’ structures and neutralising several fighters,’’ Enenche said.

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U.S Proposes Two-Year Limit For African Student Visas

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African students in the United States may be forced to reapply for visas in the middle of their courses if proposed new US immigration measures sail through.

Student visas are currently valid for as long as students are enrolled in their courses of study.

The plan, issued by the Department for Homeland Security, would limit the validity period to two years for certain immigrants under the theory that it will be easier to identify security threats and monitor compliance.

The U.S DHS cites as an example of one student who has remained in the U.S on a student visa since 1991 to attend a dance school. It does not say how many students have used student visas in similar ways.

According to the Department, whereas students from many countries will be allowed to get a four-year visa, there are others who will be limited to two years “due to heightened concerns related to fraud, abuse, and national security”.

Citizens and people born in countries – including Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea – listed by the US as state sponsors of terror will be affected but by far the largest group are those from 55 countries who have had more than 10% of their citizens overstay their visas.

This includes Nigeria, which in 2019 had an overstay rate of 13% according to government data.

Other countries affected include Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Liberia, Malawi and Uganda.

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