The Musina Regional Court on Friday handed two life jail terms against a 30-year-old man who was found guilty of raping two women. The incidents took place in 2016 and 2017 respectively in Masisi, Limpopo.

The trial court found that the accused met the victim aged 28 walking alone at Mutale village at about 21:00. He threatened her before he dragged her into the nearby bushes and raped her. He also robbed her of a cellphone.

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In another incident that occurred at Tshivaloni village on 21 May 2017 at about 03:00 in the morning, a 29-year-old woman was also approached by the accused who raped her on the street.

He further followed the victim to her house, broke in, and again raped her.

Both cases were reported to the Police, and assigned to Detective Sergeant Mulalo Yvonne Manyuwa of Musina Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit for further investigations.

Thorough Police investigations positively linked a 30-year-old man, Livhuwani Christopher Tshilande with the two rape cases. He was then arrested and charged with two counts of rape, robbery and house robbery with intention to rape.

TWO LIFE JAIL TERMS FOR RAPIST

He was found guilty on all the charges and finally sentenced to two life imprisonment for 02 counts of rape. 23 years for robbery and housebreaking with intention to rape.

The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the sentence.

Lieutenant General Hadebe further commended the investigating officer for cracking these cases and thereby ensuring the safety of women and children in the province.

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