Man gets 30 years for rape

The 32-year-old man raped teenager, 16, in Jan­uary when she went to go watch an ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FREE STATE NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­

PO­LICE have wel­comed the 30 year sen­tence given to a 32-year-old Bot­sha­belo man, Mot­loung, who raped a 16-yearold girl.

Po­lice said the sen­tence sent a clear mes­sage to would­be of­fend­ers that such acts would not be tol­er­ated.

“We will al­ways en­sure that per­pe­tra­tors of crime are dealt with and are re­moved from so­ci­ety to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble young women and teenagers,” com­mis­sioner Lt-Gen Le­beoana Tsumane said.

About Mot­loung po­lice spokesper­son Sgt Martin Xuma said he raped the teenager in Jan­uary when she went with a fe­male friend to watch ini­ti­ates who were com­ing back from the moun­tains.

Xuma said on the way, they met up with Mot­loung, who at that time was un­known to the vic­tim. He then asked to speak to her and re­quested her con­tact de­tails.

“She gave him her num­ber and con­tin­ued to watch the ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony. Af­ter a while they went to an­other street where there was an­other cer­e­mony. They then met Mot­loung again stand­ing out­side the shop.

He called the vic­tim to ac­com­pany him to his place, when the vic­tim re­fused, he took out a knife and dragged her to his home which was not far from the tuck shop,” Xuma said.

He said upon their ar­rival he went in­side the bed­room leav­ing her stand­ing in the kitchen and later called her to the bed­room and forced her to un­dress.

“When the vic­tim re­fused he threat­ened to hack her with a panga.

“He then raped her for the en­tire night. In the morn­ing when the vic­tim’s mother came to en­quire about her daugh­ter’s where­abouts, he de­nied see­ing her,” Xuma said.

He said Mot­loung later con­fessed to spend­ing the night with the vic­tim and said she left early in the morn­ing to go to her rel­a­tive’s house.

“The per­pe­tra­tors’ mother found the vic­tim hiding be­hind a cab­i­net upon open­ing her son’s bed­room door.

“She then told the per­pe­tra­tors’ mother that her son had raped her and was hold­ing her hostage. The mother helped her to go to the po­lice sta­tion,” Xuma said.

Last Thurs­day, a 45-year-old man who killed his 32-year-old girl­friend was sen­tenced to eight years in prison.

The mur­der oc­curred in 2005.

JUST DESSERTS: The 30­year sen­tence for a Bot­sha­belo man who raped a 16­year­old girl has met the ap­proval of the po­lice.

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