By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – A 49-year-old, Molahlehi Ramatekwane has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty for raping a teenage girl by Edenburg Regional Court.
According to the Free State police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, the incident took place on the 16th September 2018 at about 19h00. “The 14-year-old victim was playing in the street with a ball. On her way home she met the accused who pretended to be playing with the victim before he kicked the ball to a dilapidated house closed by,” said Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.
The victim and accused, both went into the house to look for the ball, and that’s how the accused overpowered the victim and raped her.
“A community member appeared and rescued the victim.”
Meanwhile, the accused was detained by the community and eventually arrested by the police. The incident was confirmed by the DNA results, including the eye witness who was able to give admissible evidence before the Court of law. And this, according to the police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, has strengthened the case.
The provincial Commissioner of Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane has applauded the bravery and commitment displayed by the eyewitness for giving a ‘water -tight evidence’ before the Court of law.
Recently research by the national department of police led by Minister Bheki Cele has indicated that a 5% increase has been recorded for Sexual offences detected as a result of police action. 12 218 people were raped between October and December last year.
This is an increase of 181 cases, amounting to a 1.5% increase compared to the previous reporting period. Over 4900 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist.
570 were domestic violence related and 547 of rape cases in this category, involved female victims and 23 were males.
Inanda, Umlazi in Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape’s Lusikisiki police stations recorded the highest incidents of rape.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to assure the nation that there is no shortage of evidence collection kits, also known as Rape Kits in ALL police stations across the country. A three -year contract entered into with a supplier in 2019 to provide these essential kits, is still in place. The availability of the “rape kits” at all provinces is confirmed on a weekly basis and replenishment is done as per the stations request,” said Cele.
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