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2021/07/19      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel A Funani   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 18 July 2021 - The Provincial Commissioner of North West,  Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed two life sentences handed down to Kabelo Motlangwane (37) by the Mmabatho Regional Court on Wednesday,  14 July 2021.

Motlangwane' sentencing came after he was arrested on Friday, 27 February 2015,  for two counts of rape. The accused raped two women aged 26 and 36 on two separate occasions in February 2015. Motlangwane who was targeting women who were staying alone, broke into two separate houses in RDP Section, Setlagole, then raped the victims before robbing them of household items.

The long arm of the law caught up with the accused through the help of one of his victims and the public. It was testified during the proceedings that Motlangwane called one of his victims, then proposed love and told the woman that he would visit her. The woman informed members of the community who agreed to assist in arresting Motlangwane. The latter visited the victim at her house and she alerted the members of the community and the police.  As a result, the accused  was arrested and linked with the rape of the other victim through DNA.  Motlangwane, who was also charged with theft and house  breaking intent to commit theft, has been in custody since his arrest after his request for bail was successfully opposed. 

The Provincial Commissioner congratulated the Vryburg Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FSC) for working tirelessly to ensure that the accused was sentenced.  He also thanked members of the community for collaboration with the police in make certain that Motlangwane was arrested.