No­to­ri­ous rapist handed long jail sen­tence

African Times - - News - ISAAC RAMOTHWALA

A 35-year old man is to spend al­most the rest of his life in jail in what the Lim­popo po­lice de­scribed as a “con­certed ef­fort” to fight the scourge of sex­ual re­lated crimes es­pe­cially rape.

The Tho­hoyan­dou High Court has sen­tenced Ofhani Mag­waba to an ef­fec­tive three life sen­tences plus 48 years in prison for a se­ries of rapes and rob­beries which oc­curred dur­ing 2009 and 2013 re­spec­tively. The sen­tences are:

· Three life im­pris­on­ment for three counts of rape

· 45 years for three counts of rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances

· Three years for house break­ing with in­tent to rob and rape.

The Court heard that in Novem­ber 2009, Mag­waba into a house of a 56-year old wo­man, threat­ened her with a knife, raped her and robbed her of R500.00 in cash. In an­other in­ci­dent, the ac­cused came across a 68-year old granny in the street from the church. He threat­ened her with a knife, raped and robbed her of R1000. 00 in cash.

Con­tin­u­ing with his reign of ter­ror ,Mag­waba went to a cer­tain lo­cal church in one of the vil­lages near Tho­hoyan­dou at about 23:30. He found a 44 year old Pas­tor’s wife, her do­mes­tic worker and chil­dren. He stabbed the Pas­tor’s wife, raped her and the do­mes­tic worker in­side the church be­fore rob­bing them of their valu­ables in­clud­ing cell­phones and cash.

The Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner Lt. Gen­eral Nneke Led­waba has since ap­plauded the Tho­hoyan­dou Fam­ily Vi­o­lence ,Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences (FCS) Unit mem­bers who en­sured that the se­rial rapist was brought to book and sub­se­quently given long jail terms.

“This is a mile­stone achieve­ment in the fight against in­ci­dents of rapes in this Prov­ince and we are de­ter­mined to clean all the af­fected ar­eas of any acts of crim­i­nal­ity es­pe­cially rapes. We urge mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity to con­tinue sup­port­ing the Po­lice by giv­ing qual­ity and re­li­able in­for­ma­tiom at all times,” said Led­waba.

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