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2022/05/13      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: Wednesday 11 May 2022 - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the long jail  terms handed down by the High Court in Polokwane against  two men convicted of murder during separate incidents.

On Tuesday 10 May 2022, Raphiri Jappie Shiko (32) was found guilty of the grisly murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Moloko Coslina Matete ( 22) at Molinda village in the Witpoort policing area outside Lephalale on 18 May 2019.The accused went to the victim's home and forcefully took her to the local soccer field where he strangled her with a wire, assaulted her before crushing her head with a stone in the late evening of that day. The accused reportedly went to the victim's house who was about five months pregnant, even after she had filed for a protection order against him.

The ruthless criminal was arrested the following day and was detained at  Witpoort Police Station but managed to escape from the holding cells shortly after that. He was later re-arrested at his homestead in Kitty village few kilometers from the victim's home  following an intensive search operation by the police.

The cases were investigated by two dedicated detectives from Witpoort Police Station, Sergeant Thulare Senona and Sergeant  Sourt Kekana. Through the duo's diligent and outstanding investigative skills, the accused was convicted and ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday.

The sentences were passed as follows:

*Count 1: murder- Life imprisonment.

*Count 2: violation of protection order- Three (03) years imprisonment.

*Count 3: Escape from lawful custody-Ten (10) years imprisonment.

Count 2 and 3 will run concurrently with count 1.

Meanwhile, Maimela Raymond Tlaleng (48) was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for the murder of Segwane Ananias (48) near Steelbridge village in the Sekhukhune area on 26 August 2018.The accused was allegedly sitting with his friends when the victim arrived and parked his vehicle next to them. The victim alighted from the vehicle but suddenly the accused fired several shots at him. The victim was certified dead at the scene.

The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident and he was later released on bail after several court appearances before  the Sekhukhune magistrate's court. The matter was later transferred to the High Court in Polokwane and in the end he was convicted  sentenced to 13 years imprisonment today, 11 May 2022.He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The case was thoroughly investigated by Detective Sergeant Sarel Kekana of Sekhukhune SAPS.

"We have to be vigilant always and work tirelessly to fight all crimes especially against women and children. The safety of vulnerable groups is our priority and we must work together to protect and keep them safe. The hard work and dedication of these detectives is highly commendable, Concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.