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News: Provincial Commissioner applauds the investigating officer for securing six life terms against a serial rapist
2022/09/23

 

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West

 

POTCHEFSTROOM - The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, applauded Sergeant Clifford Mokone of the Brits Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit for his excellent investigation and hard work that led to the imposing of six life terms by the Brits Regional Court on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, to a serial rapist who was predominantly active in Letlhabile and Lethabong near Brits as well as Thabazimbi in Limpopo.

Jacob Boas Kgatlane (41) was found guilty on 21 counts as follows:

Ten counts of rape

One count of attempted rape,

Nine counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances

One count of kidnapping.

Apart from the six life terms, he was also sentenced to an additional 150 years imprisonment on 15 charges that included robbery (10 years each), kidnapping, attempted rape and rape. Moreover, Kgatlane was declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103 of the Firearm Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000).

The crimes were committed over a period of five years between July 2009 and January 2013 and involved 15 female victims between the ages of 14 and 37. The accused would pounce on unsuspecting women in isolated areas, then he raped and robbed them.

In the first case reported on Thursday, 30 July 2009 in Zone 6, Letlhabile, the court heard that Kgatlane grabbed a 16-year-old school girl who was walking to school. He threatened her with death and dragged her into the nearby bushes where he undressed and raped her. After the ordeal he robbed her of her stationery.

In the last case reported on Sunday, 13 January 2013, a 32-year-old woman was jogging in Block B, Letlhabile, at about 06:50. Kgatlane approached the woman and volunteered to join her. He jogged with her, but when they approached a bushy area, he suddenly grabbed the woman by her neck, threatened to stab her with a knife and raped her. The victim was then robbed of her cellphone.

Through DNA and other evidence obtained from the victims and their possessions, Kgatlane was identified and arrested on Wednesday, 14 August 2013. During the course of his court journey, he was not granted bail.

Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the sentences which he said will without a doubt send a strong message that offenders, including those who commit sexual offences are brought to book to face the full might of the Law. He also thanked prosecution and forensic experts for their roles in ensuring that the accused is incarcerated.

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