The Itsoseng Regional Court sentenced Tebogo Bonolo Makgisa (25) and Serame Mosweu (27) to life imprisonment for rape, and Mosweu was sentenced to a further 3 years imprisonment for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. They were both declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Evidence led in court revealed that on 06 December 2017 at Bodibe village near Itsoseng, the duo accompanied by the complainant who is also Mosweu’s ex-girlfriend and her friend went to Mosweu’s residence to collect her jersey. Upon arrival, Mosweu locked the door and told the complainant and her friend that they will spend the night at his residence. The complainant refused to stay and Mosweu assaulted her with objects until she fell down.

Mosweu and Makgisa subsequently dragged the victim to the bedroom while her friend was watching. In the bedroom, Mosweu pinned the victim on the floor and Makgisa started raping her. Mosweu later left the bedroom and his friend repeatedly raped his ex-girlfriend as she was weak and defenceless. In the morning when the complaint left the house, she collapsed on the road and she was ferried to a medical facility by members of the community. The matter was reported to the police and both the accused were arrested. They both pleaded not guilty to the offence.

In aggravation of sentence, Adv Itumeleng Boikanyo urged the court not to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence of life imprisonment. He further urged the court to send a strong message to other wannabe offenders that such offences will receive harsh sentences. The state further argued for Mosweu to be sentenced for rape as they both acted on common purpose. Magistrate Boitumelo Chulu agreed with the state and highlighted the need for the community to have confidence in the criminal justice system.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari, lauded the team effort by the prosecutor and the investigating officer for a collaboration that afforded the victim and her family justice. “This conviction will certainly demonstrate the harsh stance by the criminal justice system in dealing with the abuse of women and other vulnerable sectors of society”, she remarked.

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