Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
13 Aug 2021
6:38 pm

Online anonymity couldn’t hide Facebook rapist – here’s how he was caught

Rorisang Kgosana

Thokozane Jiyane pretended to be a celebrity, to lure his victims, but he didn't realise that even fake Facebook profiles could be tracked.

Hate speech based on sexual orientation and xenophobia were the most frequently reported. Picture: Solen Feyissa via Unsplash 

The idea that one can hide behind anonymity to commit a crime on Facebook is just an illusion, as tracing IP addresses, cellphone numbers, and good old detective work can still be the end of criminals lurking in cyber space. And these were the tools used to ensure Thokozane Jiyani, the Boksburg man dubbed the Facebook Rapist, was caught. His six months reign of terror Between October 2019 and March 2020, the 23-year-old used social media to masquerade as a well-known local celebrity, offering jobs in the filming industry to unemployed female fans. According to the court papers of his...