By Mashamba Media

A 40-year-old man accused, Kgaogelo Lekgau, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Thabamoopo Regional Court for raping a 12-year-old girl at Makurung. The case was finalized on Friday 24/05/2024

The Court noted that
on Sunday, 20 December 2020 at about 20:20, a 12-year-old victim was going home from a mall, and the mother requested the suspect to travel with the victim as it was late.

Along the way to Makurung, the accused threatened the victim and dragged her to the bushes, where he raped her.

The victim alerted her mother upon arrival and the police were notified about the incident, and Lebowakgomo police opened a rape case.

Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit was activated, and Sergeant Makopo Magaila was tasked to investigate the case further.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday 31 December, 2020, at Makurung.
Through her hardworking and thorough investigation, the accused was denied bail but was later given bail of R3,000 by the court.

“The accused was found guilty on Tuesday, 14 November 2023 and has been behind bars since then untill on Friday 24 May 2024, when he was sentenced,” said Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.

He was sentenced as follows: count 1: rape, 1
life imprisonment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, welcomed the sentence meted out to the accused by Thabomoopo Court.

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