Former cop gets 284 years for 16 rapes

Mokolo Molekoa will also serve five life sentences for 16 cases of rape and kidnapping and robbery.

Former policeman Mokolo Molekoa has been handed 284 years plus five life sentences for rape, kidnapping and robbery. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - A former police officer has been sentenced to 284 years plus five life terms in jail after being found guilty of 16 charges of rape in the South Gauteng High Court.

Mokolo Molekoa, a former constable at the Randburg Police Station, committed the crimes between March 2011 and June 2012.

Last month, Molekoa was found guilty of raping 16 women and, in some of the cases, was found to have been involved in gang rape with a number of accomplices.

His accomplices were never arrested.

Molekoa was also convicted on other charges including kidnapping and robbery.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube says the authority welcomes and is "delighted by" the sentence.