The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has welcomed lengthy sentences handed down by the Polokwane High Court on 30 June 2020, against the accused who was convicted for raping and killing two elderly women aged 78 and 79 during separate incidents in the Maake policing area.
The convict aged 30 was arrested, trialed, convicted and sentenced for heinous crimes of rape and murder which he committed on 11 August 2012 and 24 November 2013 at Ga-Masoma and Mogapeng villages in the Maake Policing area outside Tzaneen.
In both incidents, the court found that the accused broke into the houses of the deceased elderly women in the early hours of the morning, raped and then killed them.
The cases were assigned to the investigating officer Colonel Hanyani Mathebula attached to Maake Detectives. The officer went about investigating these gruesome cases, meticulously gathering evidence including the circumstantial evidence through the Forensic experts, that ensured the perpetrator is sent to jail for a long time.
The accused was ultimately sentenced to a combined thirty years (30) years imprisonment for both rape and murder cases that he committed in 2012 and another combined 32 years imprisonment for the crimes he committed in 2013. This translates into 62 years effective jail term.
” The sentences will certainly ensure that this convict spends the rest of his life in jail and this should send a clear and strong message to all perpetrators that the police are more than determined to remove from society, all those who commit similar acts of gender based violence,” concluded General Ledwaba.
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