MARKEN — During a joint operation in the Lephalale Cluster on Sunday 25 November, two suspects, Lesiba Molokomme (31) and an 18-year-old boy, were arrested for the rape and kidnapping of a female teacher at a school near Marken. According to Police, they are part of a larger group that also partook in this crime, however only Lesiba and the 18-year-old were arrested.
They appeared before the Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Monday 26 November on charges of common robbery, kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and rape. They were denied bail and the cases were postponed to 3 December 2018 for further police investigations and formal bail application.
The two broke into the rented house of a 28-year-old teacher of High School Marken on Friday 23 November while she was sleeping.
According to Police, she was tied up and loaded into the boot of her VW Polo and the suspects drove away with her. According to Police they then took turns in gang raping her after which they dumped her (still tied up) in the bushes. They fled the scene with her car.
These suspects (aged 18 and 20) were followed by Police until they tracked them down at separate areas outside Lephalale. One of the suspects was still in possession of the victim’s car keys. Her car was later found abandoned in the bushes near Marken.
The victim was later found in the bushes along the road to Bakenburg outside Mokopane and was immediately taken to hospital for medical treatment.
The preliminary Police investigations have since revealed that the two suspects involved in this chain of crime incidents are well known to the victim as they were previously her students at the same school and also staying in the village.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has applauded Brigadier John Masia, the Cluster Commander of Lephalale, and his team for a job well done by arresting these two suspects within 24 hours.
Police investigations are still ongoing.