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Gauteng detectives continue to secure lengthy sentences in courts across the province


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Gauteng

PARKTOWN – It is all hands on deck and boots on the ground as members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng continue to address the scourge of serious and violent crime in the province.

In the last three weeks (01 to 23 January 2023) detectives from various stations and provincial units across Gauteng Province have collectively secured 17 life imprisonment terms with over 200 years in prison for 17 accused in 22 separate cases. The charges in these cases include, among others; rape, murder, house robbery, kidnapping and tampering with essential infrastructure.

On Friday, 13 January 2023 the Pretoria High Court sentenced 32-year-old Thapelo Billy Dlamini to 10 life imprisonment terms and an additional 50 years in prison on multiple counts of rape and kidnapping. Dlamini is one of six suspects linked to a series of crime committed around the areas of Orange Farms, Evaton, Sebokeng and Edenpark between 2014 and 2017. Douglas Guiziman Sithole is already serving a sentence of two life imprisonment terms and an additional 77 years in prison.

The case against Dlamini was assigned to Sergeant Thabo Ernest Twala for further investigation, he is a detective based at the Gauteng Serial and Electronic Crime Investigations (SECI); a special investigation section within the provincial Family Violence, Children Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit. Twala meticulously pieced all the available leads together which led him to arrest Dlamini in 2019. Twala’s quality investigation and diligence ensured a water-tight case against the accused in court.

In an unrelated case, on Wednesday, 18 January 2023 the Johannesburg High Court sentenced a 28-year-old woman and her 26-year-old brother to three life imprisonment terms and an additional 18 months in prison each on charges of rape and murder. Both the accused are Congolese nationals and were also found guilty for the contravention of section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002. The sibling duo booked into a hotel with their children in April 2021 and embarked on ‘endless’ prayers; the brother’s one-year-old daughter was with them. The mother of the victim believed their financial situation would improve if both herself and her brother prayed and sacrificed a child. Both the minor girls were also raped during the ‘ritual’, the one year old girl survived the horrific ordeal.

The case was assigned to Sergeant Phetole Moses Semosa who is a detective at the provincial Harmful and Occult Related Practices (HORP) unit. Semosa’s scrupulous investigation and commitment resulted in a solid case presented in court against the sibling duo. The matter was swiftly finalised and justice was served. 

Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended the detectives for continuously securing lengthy sentences in court. “The dedication, thoroughness and passion displayed by these detectives will restore our communities’ faith in the South African Police Service. Our members remain resolute in the fight against gender-based violence,” said Lt Gen Mawela.


Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo
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