'Balaclava serial rapists caught due to media pressure'

This year saw the final sentencing of the balaclava serial rapists - operating in Alexandra, Johannesburg over a number of years.

Serial rapist Xaniseka Mkansi was sentenced to 14 life sentences and an additional 185 years in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The sentencing of his partner Sinja Mabitsela has been postponed until November.

Three groups of balaclava-clad men forced couples into places like cemeteries and conduct the crime of rape.

Carte Blanche producer, Sasha Schwendenwein says they received a call in January about the spate of rapes.

A staggering 112 cases of rape in a 3 km radius of Alexandra had been reported at the police station.

In speaking to many of the victims, it was something that the police at the time were not taking seriously.

Sasha Schwendenwein, Carte Blanche producer

She believes it was only because of the media pressure of the Carte Blanche programme that there was any pressure on police to make arrests.

The arrests were made one week after the story, which shows it was entirely possible.

Sasha Schwendenwein, Carte Blanche producer

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