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2020/11/09      |  Written By:  Captain A Botma   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, welcomed the life imprisonment sentence and another 18 years sentence handed down to two accused by the Madikwe Regional Court on Friday, 30 October 2020.

The first sentence of life imprisonment was imposed to the accused, Mpho Mkhibane Nkwe(33) for kidnapping, rape and the contravention of a Protection Order. Consequent to good investigative work by the Madikwe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences Unit (FCS) Nkwe was also declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).

The court heard that Nkwe kidnapped, assaulted and raped his former girlfriend on numerous occasions from 2017 to 2018. She obtained a protection order against him, but he still continued abusing her. He ultimately kidnapped her and took her to a mountain where he hanged her and raped her. She sustained injuries on her face, neck and head caused by a knife and broken bottle and a bruised leg. The suspect was arrested in May 2018.

In another, separate incident an 18 year imprisonment sentence was imposed to the accused, Jacob Shimane Mokgatle (57) for rape. On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the complainant, who is the mother to the victim, came home looking for her 12-year-old daughter, but she couldn’t find her. She then went to the next door neighbour, accompanied by a friend. When they entered the house, they found the accused busy raping her 12-year-old daughter. The incident was immediately reported to the police, who arrested the suspect.

Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, applauded the detective, Sgt Taolo Makgotlho of Madikwe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), for a sterling job which ensured that merciless rapists were given hefty sentences.