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2023/07/19      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ledwaba   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: 18 July 2023 - The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has hailed the Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses(FCS) Unit for securing lengthy sentences of a life imprisonment and 30 years imprisonment handed down to two convicted rapists in the Mokerong Regional Court today, Tuesday 18 July 2023. In the first incident, Frans Khota aged 43 from Moshate village was sentenced to life  imprisonment for rape and house breaking with intent to rape. This after the accused on 2 February 2015, broke into the house of a 34-year-old woman, stabbed her on the arm and raped her. He then robbed the victim money and cellphone.

The victim managed to identify her attacker, as he was residing in the same neighbourhood which assisted in the speedy arrest. The case was assigned to Sergeant Khomotso Rammutla. The case against the accused was provisionally withdrawn pending DNA and it was reinstated after the results came back positive.The accused was ultimately found guilty and sentenced.

In the second incident, Simon Katjedi aged 35 from Mahwelereng Location was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment

for rape and 15 years imprisonment for robbery. The hefty sentence emanates from an incident that took place in April 2013 where the accused broke into the house of a 35-year-old woman and raped her. The accused was granted bail and made several court appearance until he was also  linked through DNA.

The case was investigated by Sergeant Ramolokoane Leshaba

The Provincial Commissioner has praised both investigating officers  for their diligence and merticulous investigation which paid off as two heartcore criminals were removed from the society for a long time. The sentences will send a stern message to all the perpetrators who abuse and torment women", said Lieutenant General Hadebe.


Detective Sergeant Ramolokoane Leshaba left no stone unturned to ensure Katjedi pays for his crimes.jpg
Sergeant Ramolokoane Leshaba
Detective Khomotso Rammutla who ensured Khota remains behind bars for a long time.jpg
Sergeant Khomotso Rammutla