Phuthaditjhaba: The successful conviction of eight sex offenders by the Phuthaditjhaba Regional Court and Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, will send a strong message that crime against women and children will not be tolerated.

The 64-year-old man from Tseki Village was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter during March 2017. Other two young men from Tseseng Village, Lebohang Radebe (22) and Thabo Motaung (26) were each sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a woman in her 20s at night, on her way home from a party, during September 2016. Whilst Thabang Tshabalala (27), also from Tseseng, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for robbery under aggravating circumstances of a cellphone from the rape victim.

The other accused on separate cases of rapes are:

Makhina Sentsho (32) who will be serving effective 20 years in prison for raping minor (9) in area of Mabolela Village.

Thabang Motloung is to spend 12 years direct imprisonment for raping a 50-year-old woman in Phuthaditjhaba area during March 2017.

Lehlohonolo Nxwati (27) of Phuthaditjhaba is facing a 16 years’ imprisonment for the rape of a 29 year-old woman in Phuthaditjhaba during June 2014.

Thapelo Hlubi (39) who was sentenced to effective eight years direct imprisonment for attempted rape of a woman (20) at Tseseng Village during November 2016 and Teboho Nchabeng (32) is facing five (5) years direct imprisonment on attempted rape of 54-year-old woman on June 2017.

All cases were investigated by Phuthaditjhaba Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit under Phuthaditjhaba Cluster.

“Rape is a very serious offence which recently see the Phuthaditjhaba Cluster Commander and his team of Designated Police Officers making rounds visiting various taverns within the cluster on soft crime prevention approach strategy of Rapes, assaults, robberies and murders Weekly Awareness Campaigns addressing patrons at the taverns. They are mayor contributors of becoming victims of after drinking on their way home. It is significant that victims of sexual offences break the silence so as to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book and look after themselves,” said Phuthaditjhaba Cluster Commander, Major General Peter Moloi.

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