Heavy sentences handed down for raping minor girls

South African Police Service

Heavy sentences handed down for raping minor girls
Heavy sentences handed down for raping minor girls

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Jim Ledwaba, has welcomed the heavy sentences that were handed down by two courts. On 14 February 2020 in Lephalale Regional court and on Thursday 13 February 2020, in Mogalakwena Regional court.

This after two accused were convicted by the said courts for raping minor girls in separate incidents.

The Mogalakwena Regional Court outside Mokopane sentenced a 27-year-old accused, Bafana Macdonald Mputla, to Four life sentences for raping three young girls aged between 11 and 16 and an 18-year-old woman.

The accused’s reign of terror began in 2016 when he tormented young girls by dragging them into the bush while passing between Extension 19 and Sekgakgapeng Village and afterwards, repeatedly raped them.

The accused’s crime spree came to an end in 2018 after he raped an 11-year-old girl. He was traced by members of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit and arrested shortly. The case was assigned to Sergeant Lesetja Frans Langa of Mokopane.

The accused was found guilty of all these crimes and ultimately sentenced.

Meanwhile, A 50-year-old-man was yesterday, 14 February 2020 sentenced to life imprisonment by Lephalale Regional Court after he was found guilty of raping his then 15-year-old stepdaughter at their home in Abbotspoort, Dubs Village in Villa Nora Policing precinct.

The accused repeatedly raped her for a period of seven months during 2016, in the absence of other family members. This until the victim shared the ordeal with her school principal. The matter was immediately reported to the Police with intervention from the Department of Social Department.

Detective Sergeant Ramahuta was assigned to the case as an investigating officer.

“The detectives attached to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit especially the members who were directly working on the cases are highly commended for their sterling work that saw these heartless criminals being removed from the society”, Concluded Lieutenant General Ledwaba.

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