State describes Rhodes Park attack as 'careless and barbaric'

The court heard for the first time that the women who were raped tried to commit suicide because they couldn’t endure the pain.

FILE: Admore Ndlovu, Thabo Nkala and Mduduzi Mathibela Lawrence await proceedings in the South Gauteng High Court. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The State has described the deadly 2015 Rhodes Park attack as careless, degrading and barbaric.

It’s called for three men convicted of the crime to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

On Wednesday, the court heard how two women who were raped tried to commit suicide after the crime.

The women were attacked while their husbands were tied up and thrown into the lake and left to drown.

The State has used its closing arguments to describe in detail the impact the deadly Rhodes Park attack has had on the lives of the two widows.

The court heard for the first time that the women who were raped tried to commit suicide because they couldn’t endure the pain.

It was also revealed that the women find it hard to live without their husbands and have a tendency to blame themselves for the deadly attack.

The State argued that life in prison is the only appropriate sanction for the three convicted murders.

Admore Ndlovu, Thabo Nkala and Mduduzi Mathibela, will know their fate on Thursday when Judge Papi Masopa is due to deliver his sentence.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)