Trafficking: Five Life Terms For Pimp Akadoronge

The Johannesburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday sentenced 37-year-old Peter Akadoronge to five life imprisonment terms plus five years for trafficking and rape.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, resulting in a life imprisonment term.

Akadoronge, who is from Nigeria, was convicted on three counts of trafficking in persons, two counts of rape, and one count of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The violent assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm occurred in Thohoyandou on 26 November 2017.

The facts are that three women were looking for jobs when they met three men, who claimed they could employ them.

One of the ladies suggested a sit-down meeting at a nearby nightclub to discuss the job offers. At the club, the men bought drinks for the women.

However, after consuming the drinks the women fell unconscious.

When they came round they were at an unknown place.

The complainants testified that they found themselves in a room with two other women who revealed their location as Rosettenville, Johannesburg.

The room had no windows. There was only one mattress that was on the floor.

The men who had bought the job seekers drinks told them they had found the jobs they were looking for.

When the women were told they would work as prostitutes, they declined the jobs. 

What followed was a severe beating and orders to undress. The complainants further testified that they were raped. Their assailants claimed the assault was an “induction” to the job.

The women told the court they were held against their will and forced to take drugs every day.

Different men paid their captors and they women would have to sleep with them.

The women told the court that if they refused, they would be assaulted and deprived of food.

As time went by, their captors trusted the women enough to let them go outside the yard by themselves.  

On 9 May 2018 the women stopped a vehicle and asked for help, The driver took them to Moffatview Police Station, where they reported their ordeal.

The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit took them to a help centre for counseling, examination by doctors and for treatment for drug addiction.

The next day, Detective Armstrong Ndlala took them to Rosettenville in search of the suspects and they managed to point out Akadoronge, who was found standing next to a street light with eight other males.

All men were later released, except for Akadoronge. He remained in custody until the finalisation of his case.

State Advocate Colleen Ryan argued that Akadoronge came as a visitor in South Africa and chose to disregard the laws of this country.

She further argued that he left his victims with both emotional and physical scars.

Magistrate Simon Radasi remarked that the government promulgated various legislation in an attempt to turn the tide of gender based violence, but these crimes continued unabated.

“Women have a legitimate claim to walk freely in our streets without fear of being abducted,” said Magistrate Radasi.

“The courts must remove people that are of danger to society out of circulation for very long periods to send a clear message that our justice system frowns upon such inhumane acts.”