By Jonk Wa Mashamba
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomes the sentence of one life term, handed down by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court to a homeless man, Nkosinathi Seepe (37), for rape, 15 years for robbery and 3 years for assault. The Magistrate ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
This is after he was convicted of raping a 39-year-old woman. On 1 December 2018, the victim had gone to Eric’s Pub in Pretoria Central, where she saw the accused whom she knew through affiliation, as the night progressed the victim became hungry and Seepe offered to accompany her to buy food outside.
While walking Seepe started assaulting her, and dragged her to his tent near Bosman station where he raped her.
According to Lumka Mahanjana, NPA Regional Spokesperson, the victim called the police when Seepe had gone out.
“However, Seepe managed to escape and fled the scene. In March 2020, the victim had gone back to the same club with her sister, when she saw Seepe and immediately called the police and Seepe were arrested the same day.
“He has been in custody after NPA successfully opposed the bail application,” said Mahanjana.
Prosecutor Sifiso Hlongwane asked the court not to be lenient when imposing a sentence since Seepe was not a first-time offender, and did not learn from his previous sentence of 6 years imprisonment for a similar offence.
Hlongwane further asked the court to make an example of the Seepe to detour potential offenders from committing similar offences.