LEPHALALE — Two men convicted of kidnapping and raping a 28-year-old schoolteacher during 2018 were sentenced to life and 47 years imprisonment effectively in the Lephalale Regional High Court last week.
The 19-year-old Pheneus “Vinesse” Kgomo and the 31-year-old Lesiba Merchanson Molokomme from the Villa Nora Policing area outside Lephalale were convicted on counts of housebreaking and theft, robbery with aggravating circumstances, rape, kidnapping and theft.
Molokomme was sentenced to life imprisonment and Kgomo was given 20 years for rape. Both accused were each given five years for kidnapping and seven years for theft. Kgomo who was further sentenced on charges of housebreaking and theft and robbery with aggravating circumstances to an additional six- and fifteen-years imprisonment respectively.
On Friday 23 November 2018 at about 03:00, Kgomo broke into the victim’s rented house in a village outside Marken while she was asleep. He tied her up with a rope and raped her. He then stole her bank cards and loaded her into the boot of her VW Polo. He drove by Molokomme’s house, and they both drove to the local shopping complex and withdrew the victim’s money.
Police were notified, and they started with the investigation.
The victim was found dumped on a roadside the following day, and she was immediately taken to the hospital for medical treatment. It was revealed that the suspects took turns in raping the victim before they dumped her still tied up in the bushes. They then fled the scene with her vehicle.
Later, the same day, the suspects were arrested at different locations around Lephalale. Molokomme was found in possession of the victim’s car keys. The vehicle was later found abandoned in the bushes near Marken.
The case was transferred to the office of the SAPS Lephalale Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit and it was assigned to Detective Sergeant Frans Thulare.
He worked diligently on the case until he ensured that the two offenders received lengthy jail terms.
The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, applauded Detective Sergeant Frans Thulare for a job well done.