The Lebowakgomo Regional Court convicted and sentenced Thapelo Hlongwane aged 22 to 18 years imprisonment after raping a 66-year-old woman in Magatle in December 2022.

The Court heard that on that evening, the accused Thapelo Hlongwane went to the victim’s house at Magatle. The Court also found that he forcefully opened the window and entered her bedroom.

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He found the old woman sleeping, he raped her and then fell asleep. The victim left him there and ran to the neighbours for assistance. The Culprit was caught while fast asleep. The Police were immediately notified and they reacted swiftly. He was then arrested.

A case of rape was opened and transferred to Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS). It was then assigned to investigating officer Sergeant Lesetja Frans Langa for further investigations.


Sergeant Langa managed to oppose bail until the accused was found guilty and convicted of rape. Thapelo Hlongwani (22) was sentenced to eighteen years of direct imprisonment.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Police for their swift reaction which led to the arrest of the accused and the investigating officer for securing a jail term. She further praised the community for alerting the Police after they caught the accused.