Nothing less than a life sentence for rapist and murderer, Andrew Ndlovu

A guilty verdict against Andrew Ndlovu was delivered on 19 April 2022, eight years after killing and raping British citizen, Christine Robinson, at a game lodge in Limpopo, South Africa.

Judge Marisa Naudé-Odendaal found Andrew Ndlovu guilty of murder and rape in the Polokwane High Court today.

“We welcome Judge Naudé-Odendaal’s verdict.  Nothing less than a life sentence will serve as sufficient punishment for Ndlovu, who brutally raped and murdered Christine, although no sentence will bring her back.  It was an honour being part of this case and our organisation will continue to fight for women and children who are getting raped and murdered in South Africa, where gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) is not nearly getting the attention it should,” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society.  The civil rights organisation was appointed by Robinson’s family earlier this month to do a watching brief on the case.

Christine Robinson, retired British teacher, was raped and stabbed to death by Andrew Ndlovu on a game lodge in Limpopo on 30 July 2014.  Ndlovu initially fled to Zimbabwe after the attack but was tracked down by Robison’s niece, Lehanne Sergison, who used Facebook posts to draw attention to the case.  After various Facebook posts was published, Ndlovu was positively identified and a team consisting of SAPS members, Ian Cameron and ex-police member, Colonel Sakkie Louwrens arrested Ndlovu on 30 July 2020 in Johannesburg.

Ndlovu pleaded not guilty on all charges and said, in court on 13 April, that it was pure coincidence that his DNA was found on Robinson’s body.

Action Society is pleased that Ndlovu was caught and charged and that the case made it to trial, especially after statistics from the Medical Research Council revealed that less than one in five sexual offence cases end up in court and only 8,6% of all sexual offence cases are finalised with a guilty verdict.

“GBVF is a pandemic in South Africa, with our country being referred to as the rape capital of the world and the femicide rate equal to a country at war.  With 153 rapes reported daily and 8 women murdered, innocent women like Christine pay the ultimate price. We can no longer stand by while violent predators like Ndlovu keep on raping and murdering our women and children.”

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