‘Sunday rapist must be locked away'

Women and Men Against Child Abuse say Johannes Steyn deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Alleged Sunday rapist Johannes Steyn. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As the trial of the suspected 'Sunday rapist' draws to a close, rights group Women and Men Against Child Abuse have said Johannes Steyn deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Steyn has pleaded not guilty to 37 charges, including two of murder and 11 of rape.

He spent the past two days on the stand at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in Alberton, testifying in his own defence.

Prosecutor Carina Coetzee on Tuesday asked Steyn why he confessed to crimes he did not commit as that amounted to obstruction of justice and would place more girls in danger.

He replied that did not occur to him at the time as he was forced to confess.

Steyn handed himself over at the Margate Police Station on 13 October, 2011, just one day after one of his alleged murder victims was found.

Roodepoort teenager Loiuse de Waal was abducted on an October morning and later found dead on a Magaliesburg farm.

Forensic evidence revealed she was burnt alive.

Steyn has admitted to watching child pornography, but denies it prompted him to sexually assault teenage girls.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the group against child abuse Vincentia Ngobese said Steyn should be locked up for good.

"We believe he cannot be rehabilitated, he has to be sent to normal prison."

The state is expected to wrap up its cross-examination on Wednesday.

Steyn's alleged victims were raped in the North West and Gauteng provinces between 2008 and 2011.

Most of the attacks happened on Sundays.