On 30 October 2017, a 34 year old alleged serial rapist, Letlhogonolo Modisane will appear in the Brits Magistrate’s Court facing 12 counts of rape and robberies.
Modisane’s appearance in court stems from his arrest on Friday, 18 August 2017 by the police in Bethanie. He has been in custody and abandoned bail application after he was linked with a series of rapes and robberies committed between 2015 and 2017 at various places, mainly within the Brits Cluster.
As part of his method of committing the evil deeds, the accused would target unemployed females and promise them work at one of the mines in Rustenburg. In the process and after convincing unsuspecting women and befriending them in some instances, he would betray and lure them to various places and rape them.
Some of the victims were raped at their places. He would also rob them of their belongings such as money, clothes and cell phones.
The accused would then use contacts from the victims’ cell phones to call and pretended to know those that he called. He would then promise them jobs at the mine. He also used his fake Facebook account to attract his victims using the name Lethlogonolo Maebaka and claimed to be a Senior Human Resource Manager in Kroondal, Rustenburg.
In one of the incidents, the victim received a WhatsApp message in June 2015 from one of her friend’s phone telling her to go to Rustenburg where there were vacant posts. Upon arrival of the victim as communicated and agreed through WhatsApp, the accused grabbed, assaulted, raped and robbed her.
In another incident, in May 2017, a woman received a call from the accused who requested that they should meet at a wedding in Madidi. Upon being told by the woman that she was unemployed the accused told her about vacancies at a mine at Kroondal in Rustenburg. They agreed to meet at a certain shop in Brits on Monday. The woman arrived and the accused took her to his place, kept her for some days raping her and later took her belongings.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane commended Brits Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Protection Unit for working hard and using available resources including investigative aids to link the accused with the cases. She said further that the police will leave no stone unturned in investigating these cases.
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