Zamdela. The Sasolburg Regional court has sentenced a suspect, Mr George Lerato Witbooi; 26 years old, to 20 years imprisonment for a rape that occurred in Zamdela.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 01 May 2016, the victim; 16 years old, was from a tavern going home when she came across two unknown African males who grabbed her handbag and pulled her into the bushes, near Lehutso Primary School. The two suspects told the victim not to scream because they are going to kill her with a knife and a pair of scissors that were in their possession.

The two unknown suspects started to rape the victim, taking turns on her and after they raped her, they left the crime scene together with the victim. While they were walking near the tarred road, the victim managed to break free and ran in front of an oncoming vehicle. The driver managed to assist the victim and took her to the Zamdela SAPS station.

Although there were no leads in the case and the victim did not know the suspects, Detective Sergeant Sophia Kgayane did a thorough investigation which lead to linking the DNA to a rape case which was withdrawn in another rape case in 2014.

The suspect appeared at the Sasolburg magistrate court on 2017-11-01 and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

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