Eight criminals were given long jail terms by various courts in this Province, ranging between 30 years and life imprisonment for separate incidents of rape and serious and violent crimes.
The Polokwane High Court has on Thursday, 19 September 2019, handed down two life imprisonment plus five years imprisonment each, to two men convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping committed during 2013, at Ga-Mashashane under the Seshego Cluster outside the city of Polokwane.
The hefty jail sentencing comes after the two accused Nina William Mokwatlo aged 37 and Ben Maraba aged 38, kidnapped a 25 year old woman from Kalspruit Village in Ga-Mashashane, raped and killed her before dumping her lifeless body in the bushes.
The deceased Raisibe Daisy Bambo was reported missing on 4 October 2013, after she failed to return from a friend’s ceremony preparations around the Village. Bambo was walking home during the night, when a vehicle with two occupants inside stopped her. The two accused forced her inside and dragged her to the nearby bushes where they took turns raping her. They then brutally killed her.
The case of missing person was reported at Mashashane Police station and the decomposed body of Bambo was discovered seven days later.
Meanwhile, the Mankweng Regional Court outside the city of Polokwane sentenced five men aged between 24 and 26 to life imprisonment each for murder, after they assaulted and strangled a fellow inmate inside Seshego police holding cells.
The murder took place on 21 June 2017, after the deceased who was arrested for domestic violence charge at the time, was detained in the same holding cells with the five accused when they killed him.
Lastly, the Regional Court in Giyani, on 18 September 2019, sentenced Soyaphi Thomas Kubayi aged 49, well known as ‘Xikawana’ from Giyani to an effective 30 years imprisonment, after he was found guilty of two counts of house robberies committed during 2012.
Xikawana’s sentencing comes after separate incidents of house robberies where he broke into the residents’ households and robbed them of cash and other valuables such as cellphones, jewellery and groceries. The accused’s devious acts came to an end when he was finally arrested and positively linked to both incidents.
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