Thapelo Hlongwane (22) sentenced to 18 Years imprisonment for raping a Pensioner


By Agreement Mabunda

POLOKWANE: On Wednesday, 19  July 2023, Lebowakgomo Regional Court convicted and sentenced Thapelo Hlongwane(22 ) to 18 years imprisonment after raping a 66-year-old woman in Magatle in December 2022.

The Lebowakgomo Regional Court heard that on 18 December 2022 in the evening, the accused Thapelo Hlongwane went to the victim’s house at Magatle and forcefully opened the window and entered her bedroom.

He found the old woman sleeping, he raped her and then fell asleep. The victim left him there and ran to the neighbours for assistance.

The Culprit was caught while fast asleep. The Police were immediately notified and they reacted swiftly. He was then arrested.

A case of rape was opened and transferred to Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS).

It was then assigned to investigating officer Sergeant Lesetja Frans Langa for further investigations.

Sergeant Langa managed to oppose bail until the accused was found guilty and convicted of rape.

Hlongwane was sentenced to eighteen(18) years of direct imprisonment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi  Hadebe applauded the Police for their swift reaction which led to the arrest of the accused and the investigating officer for securing a jail term. She   further praised the community for alerting the Police after they caught the accused.” Concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

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