Rapists slapped with long jail terms

POLOKWANE - The South African Police service in Limpopo continue to maintain a zero tolerance against crime in the province by removing criminals from our streets and keeping citizens safe. This comes when two rapists were sentenced to long jail terms this week, by the Bochum Regional Court and Sekhukhune Magistrate Court.

In Senwabarwana, Mahlodi Shadrack Makhwiting (33) was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape.

It is alleged that on 17 September 2019 at around 12:00 midday, the victim, aged 11 by then, was with her friends at their home village in one of the villages when a known man approached them and suddenly grabbed the victim with clothes and the other girls ran away. The victim was dragged to nearby bushes and raped there repeatedly, until she was released the same day. She arrived home and reported the incident to her family. Police were immediately informed and the suspect was hunted down until he was arrested.

Meanwhile in Sekhukhune, Jan Mnguni (26) was sentenced to twenty-three (23) years imprisonment for rape and house breaking with intent to commit crime. He was sentenced eighteen years for rape and five years for house breaking. Allegedly, on 27 June 2017 around 21:00, the victim aged 19, was at her home in Nokaneng village sleeping together with her two niece, when the suspect broke into her room. The suspect entered the room and started to threaten the victim with a knife, raped her and fled the scene. After some few days, the victim recognised the suspect while in one of the local liquor outlets. She quickly informed the Police and the suspect was arrested.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba welcomed these long jail sentences and he commended the investigators who continue with sterling job for ensuring that rapists are dealt with accordingly.

Source: South African Police Service