Alleged rapist apprehended for raping an 8-year-old girl

Man Sentenced to Life in prison for raping three teen girls at Rikhotso Village

LOCAL NEWS

By Theodorah waga Mawasha

TZANEEN- The Tzaneen Regional Court sentenced a young man, Dineo Prince Sekgobela (28), to life imprisonment on Tuesday, on a charge of three counts of rape minor children at Rikhotso village, Greater Tzaneen on different occasions.

Sekgobela broke into a house in the said village on 17 November 2016, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old victim who had been sleeping with her siblings and threatened them with a knife.

The court heard that, in the same week, the accused continued with his bad deeds because on November 19, he broke into another house and proceeded to rape another 17-year-old-year-old victim.

The court also heard that on November 21, the accused attacked another family under the guise of asking for water.

The accused then forced himself inside the house and raped a 14 years old girl.

The Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) in Tzaneen worked tirelessly to bring the accused to book. Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the sentence.

“As we continue with the fight against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide sentences like these are most welcome. They strengthen our resolve in this fight to be more determined,” she said.

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