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PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER WELCOMES LONG INCARCERATION OF A MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE AND MURDER OF A NEIGHBOUR: POLOKWANE
2022/06/21      |  Written By:  Brigadier M Mojapelo   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE - Friday 17 June 2022: The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe praised the scrupulous investigations by  the Mahwelereng Detectives led by Sergeant Prince Baloyi, which ensured that Mpho Simon Rafapa (38), is convicted and given double life sentences for murder and rape and an additional five years imprisonment for house breaking and theft.

Rafapa was sentenced by the Limpopo Division of the High Court today, Friday 17 June 2022 for cases of house breaking and theft, rape and murder committed on 13 October 2019 at about 03:00 in Sekgakgapeng, Khalanyoni Village under Mahwelereng policing precinct.

The trial court found that the accused and the other suspect broke into his neighbour's house and entered through the roof, raped a 26-year-old woman and thereafter strangled her  with a belt. The suspects then took the victim's cellphone and fled the scene.

The victim's body was discovered not long after the incident by the other neighbour when the victim's uncle pleaded with him to check on his niece as he had received an alarming message from her cellphone. Police were called and cases of burglary,  murder, rape and theft were opened.

The investigating officer Sergeant Baloyi immediately started with investigations to trace the suspects responsible for these heinous crimes. His tireless efforts paid off when the victim's neighbour and the other suspect were positively linked to the crimes and arrested within  short space of time.

"The hefty sentences should give hope to victims of gender- based violence and restore community's confidence in the police that we will always double our efforts to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and their incarceration is secured," added Lieutenant General Hadebe.

 

The investigating Officer - Detective Sergeant Prince Baloyi.jpg
The investigating officer Sergeant Baloyi