Tzaneen limpopo rape

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Hefty sentences for two convicted North West rapists

One of the men received two life terms for raping children aged nine and 11

Tzaneen limpopo rape

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Two men in the North West have been handed heavy sentences for separate rape cases in Taung and Phokeng.

Both the accused appeared in court on Thursday, 18 June 2020.

Two life sentences for raping minors

In the first case, a 25 year-old was sentenced to two life terms for rape in the Taung Regional Court for raping two minors, aged nine and 11 back in January 2018 in Maphoitsile village. The children were returning home from a family event when they encountered the man.

“It was reported to the police that the victims were on their way home from a family cultural ceremony when they met with the accused. The latter took the pair to the veld where he raped them.   The matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested a few hours later by the Pudimoe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit. He has been in custody since his arrest.  The accused has previous convictions of drug trafficking and assault”, the SAPS said in a statement.

In the second case, 48 year-old Dannyboy Ramela was sentenced to 49 years in prison for three counts of rape.

Ramela appeared before the regional court in Tlhabane outside Rustenburg, where he heard his fate. He was accused of raping three women aged 21, 23 and 24 in between January 2011 and January 2013 in Chaneng village, near Phokeng

Ramela would apparently target his victims late at night, during which he would be waiting in the shadows before attacking them. Police were able to crack the case, thanks to DNA linking him to the crimes.

“As part of the accused’s method of committing these crimes, he would during the night wait for the victims, then threaten them with a knife before taking them into the bushes. The victims would then be assaulted and ultimately raped. Consequent to a thorough investigation by the Rustenburg FCS, the accused was arrested in December 2013 and linked with two other cases through the DNA. The accused who has also been in custody since his apprehension, has previous convictions of crimes such as possession of suspected stolen goods, rape, burglary, robbery and assault”, SAPS further said.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena has since welcomed the sentences.