A serial rapist was sentenced to 15 life sentences this week with an additional 30 years behind bars in the Cape Town High Court in the Western Cape.
Col. Police spokeswoman Brenda Muridili said in a statement that Herman Harker, 66, was sentenced to 15 life sentences on Thursday for 15 counts of rape and an additional 30 years in prison for four counts of kidnapping and two counts of sexual assault.
This comes after Harker was arrested in June 2018 on charges of kidnapping and rape in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
An investigation linked Harker with five more charges of kidnapping, rape and sexual assault shortly thereafter, after which the charges against him were referred to a specialized section in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses (FCS) unit.
Muridili reports that the court heard how Harker terrorized his victims in six different towns in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape between October 2017 and June 2018. The towns include Ladysmith, Stellenbosch, Wolseley, Kleinvlei and Tulbagh.
The court heard that Harker’s youngest victims, aged nine to 13, were in their school clothes on their way home at the time of the rape, Muridili said.
Harker would lure his victims, all aged nine to 23, under the pretext that he was looking for someone to walk with him halfway to his destination. Or he would befriend them and give them money, after which he would threaten them, sometimes with a weapon, before repeatedly raping them.