PAROLEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR MURDER

PAROLEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR MURDER

The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg sentenced 39-year-old parolee Jacob Mokibe, to life imprisonment for killing his friend’s niece in Soweto. Mokibe was convicted of 4 counts ranging from abduction,rape, murder, and obstructing or defeating the administration of justice.

Based on the accused’s plea explanation, that he killed the minor because he had feelings for her mother, his previous convictions, and the fact that he committed these offences whilst on parole, the court made an order that the accused be referred to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital for a risk assessment to determine whether he could be declared a dangerous criminal or not, for purposes of sentencing. The report compiled by the institution stated that Mokibe demonstrated a high risk of re-offending and posed a danger to society.
 
On 15 February 2022, 12-year-old Mathlogonolo Maditse left home and went to school as per her usual routine. Mokibe waited for Maditse at the school gate in Dobsonville and called the minor to inform her that her family went to the bushes to pray and that he was going to accompany her to where her family was. The deceased followed the accused as she regarded him as her uncle since he was her uncle’s friend. On arrival at a bushy area in Dube, the accused raped and thereafter strangled the minor to death. He waited for some time to make sure that she was dead.
 
Mokibe placed the deceased body in the reeds to ensure that no one would find her. He fled the scene and went to meet up with a friend, where he used drugs and alcohol. This affected his health as he was suffering from hypertension and was admitted to Jabulani Hospital. In March 2022, he was arrested for violating his parole conditions and whilst incarcerated, confessed to the murder of Maditse and subsequently pointed out the crime scene to the police. Her decomposed body was discovered on 24 March 2022.
 
In arguing for a firm sentence, State Advocate Rotondwa Phungo stated that the accused killed the deceased most violently and brutally, though Maditse trusted him and referred to him as “uncle”, cutting her life short. He also presented a victim impact report compiled by probation officer, Xoliswa Budaza, citing that Maditse’s mother has never been the same since the passing of her daughter. She normally walks out when hearing school children return from school, hoping that Maditse will approach.
 
Gender-Based Violence continues to wreak havoc in our country and society has legitimate expectations that the perpetrators of these crimes will receive severe punishment. The NPA will continue prosecuting these crimes with the vigorousness they deserve. We applaud Adv Phungo and Sergeant Rudzani Ratshothe for delivering justice to the Maditse family.

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