A Limpopo man has been sentenced to Life Imprisonment for raping an 84-year-old woman Mahwelereng outside Mokopane.

On Tuesday 20 June, the Regional Court in Mahwelereng handed a very long-term sentence to 23-year-old Jackson Manamela for offences that included robbery, rape and housebreaking with the intention to steal and robbery.

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The Court heard that the accused found an 84-year-old woman cooking outside her shack on 9 May 2022 at Millennium Village. He unexpectedly attacked and stabbed an elderly victim with a pair of scissors on the forehead. He then dragged her into the shack.

The victim was robbed of R 70 in cash and Social Grant Card before being raped by the accused who later fled the scene. Afterwards, the victim went to the neighbour’s house and informed them about the ordeal and Police were immediately summoned to the scene.

A robbery and rape cases were immediately opened and the suspect was subsequently apprehended. Three days on 12 May 2022. The case was transferred to Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) for further investigations. Sergeant Ramokone Tinah Matsimbi was assigned to the matter.

Through her dedication and commitment, she ensured that Jackson Manamela was never granted bail. It was also discovered that he was out on bail for housebreaking with the intention to steal and commit robbery on 2 December 2019. It was committed against the same 84-year-old victim.


The two cases were combined and the accused was found guilty on the following counts of offences:

  1. Count 1 – Robbery – 03-year imprisonment.
  2. Count 2 – Rape – Life imprisonment.
  3. Count 3 – Housebreaking with the intention to rob and commit robbery – 15-year imprisonment.

All the sentences will run concurrently and the accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.