Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
23 Nov 2020
5:00 am

Sergeant Nkoana: Husband, father and hunter of rapists

Sipho Mabena

Nkoana’s biggest wish is for the parole system to be abolished for perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV)

Sergeant Johnson Motlalepula Nkoana’s biggest wish is for the parole system to be abolished for perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV)

Sergeant Johnson Motlalepula Nkoana, who wanted to be a playwright, became a policeman purely by chance. But, as fate would have it, the father of five has become a relentless and efficient hunter of rapists. His speciality is putting away sex predators: he was responsible for bringing down serial rapist Thabani Victor Zondo, who terrorised communities in Brakpan, Nigel, Tsakane and Zonkizizwe for over four years. Zondo, 33, and his unknown accomplice kidnapped, repeatedly raped and robbed their victims of their belongings, with the first case dating back to 2011 – and one victim was only 15 years old at...