Serial rapist, Motsepane Lolo Madigoe, terrorising the community of Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, has been handed three life sentences plus 76 years imprisonment. Madigoe was sentenced by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane on Wednesday.

It follows a lengthy and meticulous investigation executed by the Lebowakgomo Family Violence, Child and Sexual Offences (FCS). The 40-year-old was a perpetrator of multiple rapes, assaults, kidnappings and housebreakings.

During the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty. The court heard that between June 2015 and August 2020, the accused was terrorising the community members of Seleteng, Makotse and Lebowakgomo. He was breaking into their houses and threatened them with a knife demanding money before raping them. In another incident, the complainant was walking on a footpath with the accused when he threatened to kill her, and then drag her into the bushes and raped her. The accused was linked through the DNA in all the offences.

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He was denied bail following his apprehension in October 2020 while at his residence at Seleteng Village in Capricorn District until his imminent incarceration.

The accused reign of terror commenced on 10 June 2015 after he unlawfully entered the house of a 36-year-old Zimbabwean woman at Seleteng village at about 01:00. The victim was raped in front of her three minor children and a 14-year-old sibling.

Lebowakgomo serial rapist handed multiple life sentences
Lebowakgomo

LEBOWAKGOMO RAPIST NABBED

Another heinous incident took place on 23 July 2017 following an unexpected rape of a 74-year-old woman in the same village believed to be a mother of a friend of the accused. Reportedly the duo shared drinks at a local tavern before the accused went to his friend’s residence to rape the elderly woman before fleeing the scene.

The accused continued with the other horrendous acts until his arrest. This happened after being positively linked with ten offences through a DNA analysis which were not contested during the trial.

MOTSEPANE LOLO MADIGOE WAS SENTENCED ON THE FOLLOWING COUNTS:

Housebreaking with the intent to rape – Ten (10) years imprisonment.
Rape – Life imprisonment.
Housebreaking with the intent to commit crime – Eight (8) years imprisonment.
Assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm – Ten (10) years imprisonment.
Kidnapping – Eight (8) years imprisonment.
Rape – Fifteen (15) years imprisonment.
Housebreaking with the intent to rape – Ten (10) years imprisonment.
Rape – Life imprisonment.
Rape – Fifteen (15) years imprisonment.

In addition, Count 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 will run concurrently with Count 2. The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the Court outcome pointing out that this will serve as a deterrent to other would-be rapists.

A 41-year-old Ethiopian National male has been arrested after he allegedly tried to bribe an immigration officer in Limpopo. The suspect offered the immigration officer an amount of R 30 000 at Mankweng Magistrate’s complex.

On Tuesday 29 August 2023, the Immigration Officer was approached by the suspect who alleged that he was related to an accused, who was arrested for illegal immigration in Mankweng on 28 August 2023.

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The suspect offered the immigration offer the bribe in exchange for the immigration officer not filing section 212, and testifying in Court during bail application.

Ethiopian man arrested for bribe of immigration officer
Mankweng Police

The immigration officer reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Unit and an undercover operation was conducted on Wednesday. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday after handing R 8 000 to the Immigration officer.

ETHIOPIAN ARRESTED FOR BRIBE OF AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER

He is expected to appear before the Mankweng Magistrate court on charges of corruption.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the immigration officer for firmly declining the offer.

The death toll from a Johannesburg building fire in Marshalltown has risen to 64. 

The number of people injured stands at 43, according to emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi. A fire has now been extinguished, rescue officials said, and emergency services are conducting recovery operations.

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Videos taken moments after the fire broke out show huge orange flames engulfing the lower floor of a five-story building in the Gauteng Province.

It is reported that there were hundreds of informal settlements inside the building. The fire was reported at around 1:30am. 

“At this stage, the cause of the fire incident is still a subject of investigation,” said Mulaudzi.

At least 64 dead in Johannesburg building fire in Marshalltown
Johannesburg building fire in Marshalltown

“Officials from the City of Johannesburg Disaster Management have been activated to start facilitating relief for affected families.”

64 PEOPLE DIED IN JOHANNESBURG BUILDING FIRE IN MARSHALLTOWN 

Firefighters evacuated occupants after arriving at the scene – but now, a search and recovery operation is underway. Bodies lay covered on the street.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established.

A newborn baby boy was found by a passerby, abandoned under a bridge, and wrapped in a plastic bag in Mariveni Village, Limpopo. The discovery was made by a passerby at around 8:00 on Tuesday morning.

According to the information, the baby was swiftly taken to Mariveni Clinic for medical attention. He was later admitted at Letaba Hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

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The MEC responsible for Social Development, Nandi Ndalane has condemned the dumping of the baby.

“It is unacceptable that the precious life of the newborn baby was disregarded in such a way,” said Ndalane.

“Newborn babies deserve protection, care, and comfort and not to be exposed to any form of danger and harsh conditions. “It is a miracle that the baby survived the cruel incident,” she added.

Newborn baby found dumped under a bridge in Mariveni Village
Nkowankowa

MEC CONDEMNS DUMPING OF A NEWBORN BABY IN MARIVENI VILLAGE

She added that mothers who are unable to care for their newborn babies need to remember that the Government has options available to them.

“Mothers have an option of putting their children up for adoption and the Department has facilities such as Child and Youth Care Centres, where unwanted children can be taken in and cared for.

“We are a caring government and, in the event that mothers are unable to look after their children. We will be able to intervene and protect these precious lives for as long as it is needed.”

Mariveni Village is located outside Nkowankowa in Tzaneen.

A Security Company owner in Tzaneen, Limpopo was shot at and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money. The incident took place on Monday, 28 August afternoon.

It is alleged that the complainant was in his vehicle parked next to the Municipality when unknown suspects armed with guns approached him. They pointed at him with firearms and demanded money. They fired shots before robbing him of an undisclosed amount of money.

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They fled from the scene with an unknown white SUV vehicle. The victim thereafter, realised that he was shot at, and was taken to hospital.

Tzaneen Security company owner robbed at gunpoint
Tzaneen Police

Police were notified and opened a case of robbery with a firearm and attempted murder initial investigations to trace and arrest the suspects were activated.

SECURITY COMPANY OWNER ROBBED IN TZANEEN

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects should contact the investigating officer Sergeant Solly Legodi on 0765800792. Crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

Police in Thohoyandou, Limpopo have arrested a 15-year-old girl who was caught in possession of unlicensed firearms. The firearms allegedly belong to her boyfriend who was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm, attempted murder and house robbery committed earlier this month in Thohoyandou.

According to information available at this stage, Police received a complaint about a teenager who was in possession of firearms at about 11:00.

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Police acted swiftly and immediately located the suspect at the premises and approached her. The suspect was searched and Police found two unlicensed firearms in her possession. She was then asked about their origin but failed to provide a satisfactory response.

The suspect was immediately placed under arrest on the spot for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

THOHOYANDOU 15-YEAR-OLD CAUGHT WITH UNLICENSED FIREARMS

Preliminary investigations indicated that the unlicensed firearms belonged to the boyfriend. He was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm, attempted murder and house robbery that were committed in August under the Thohoyandou Policing precinct.

The suspect is expected to appear before the specialized Children’s Court at Thohoyandou Magistrate soon. She is facing charges of possession of unlicensed firearms.

Two male suspects aged between 32 and 57 years have been arrested for stealing diesel worth R 9 000 at Matimba Power Station in Lephalale. They were caught on Monday 28 August 2023 in Limpopo.

It is reported that members of the Crime Intelligence and K9 Units with the Matimba Security Service have conducted an operation following the information received from the source about the employee of a company subcontracted to Eskom at Matimba Power Station.

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The team reacted swiftly to the information whereby the suspect was traced. He was tracked subsequently and accosted while driving a Grader machine out of the Power Station. The culprit was headed into the nearby bush veld.

Two Men caught stealing diesel at Matimba Power Station
Diesel stolen at Matimba Power Station

This is where he drained the diesel into 25 litter containers. They loaded them into a motor vehicle a white Toyota Hilux which was found parked in the veld with one occupant, a 57-year-old male.

MEN CAUGHT STEALING DIESEL AT MATIMBA POWER STATION

The Police have recovered diesel worth R 9 000 and seized the vehicle with an estimated value of R20 000. They also confiscated 6x 25 litres, 1x 20 litres. 210 litre drums full of diesel which were found hidden in the bush.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Team for their vigilance and dedication that led to the arrest and recovery of diesel.

The Suspects are expected to appear before Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 30 August 2023. They are facing charges of theft and also possession of suspected stolen diesel.

The Limpopo Polokwane High Court has convicted and sentenced Ronny Maredi to life imprisonment for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Maredi from Dichoeung village in Marble Hall was also sentenced to seven years imprisonment for defeating the ends of justice.

During the trial, the court heard that the accused and the deceased were in a love relationship. They were staying together, however, the relationship was toxic.

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On 18 January 2021, in the early hours of the morning, the accused assaulted the deceased, Ellaine Thato Madihlaba (31), and their 4-year-old child with an object unknown to the state.

The state witness [uncle of the deceased] who resided in the same house with them testified that he heard the deceased asking the accused why he was assaulting her and later, the deceased succumbed to the injuries inflicted on her.

He further told the court that the accused asked him to lie about the death of his niece. The child also testified and told the court that the accused assaulted her mother several times and he is no longer her father because he killed her.

The Limpopo Polokwane High Court has convicted and sentenced Ronny Maredi to life imprisonment for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.
Marble Hall


In aggravation of the sentence, the state Advocate Lerato Mohlaka referred to the Victim Impact Statement facilitated by the court preparation officer Morongwe Moifo. The state submitted to the court that it should not lose sight. As the accused is facing a serious offence and he had a protection order opened by the deceased.

LIMPOPO MAN, RONNY MAREDI, SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR EX-GIRLFRIEND MURDER

She further said that the court should know that the little child was denied an opportunity to be raised by her biological mother, because of the accused. She concluded by saying that the accused showed no remorse throughout the trial and the family never received an apology.

In sentencing, acting Judge Sharon Mthimkhulu remarked that the violence between men and women is endemic in South Africa. The court must protect the women and it is the most difficult task. Court should also evaluate evidence, be cautious and be convinced by all the factors. Lastly, the court should consider the interest of the society.

Police in Tshilwavhusiku have activated a massive manhunt for a group of suspects who shot and killed a Security guard before driving away in his company car. The incident took place on Sunday, 27 August 2023 at 19:30 at Madombidzha Zone 4.

According to information, the Security guard was on duty driving in a company car, a Nissan NP200 with registration FHW045L. The vehicle was parked next to a spaza shop when he was shot dead by a group of unknown suspects who drove off with a security company vehicle.

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The Police were notified about the incident. On arrival with emergency services, the victim was found lying in a pool of blood. Police seized the empty cartridges and live ammunition. The victim was pronounced dead by the EMS and identified as Vincent Sivhada aged 34.

The vehicle was later found abandoned on Monday, 28 August 2023 between Tshiozwi and Madombidzha village. A case of murder and carjacking has also been opened.

SECURITY GUARD SHOT IN TSHILWAVHUSIKU

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the incident. She has called the Community to assist Police with information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects should contact the investigating officer Warrant Officer Mawela Patrick Tshikhudo 072 745 4908/015 519 6000. Crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MysapsApp.

Young Farmer Masala Mpheni Ligege from Duthuni village, Limpopo started the Duthuni Farm and Projects in 2018 after he had been looking for employment without success.

Ligege says the high demand for fresh vegetables in his area was one of the reasons he decided to become a supplier. He currently supplies to local Markets and residents.

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Ligege holds a National Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of Johannesburg, BTech Engineering Metallurgy at Tshwane University of Technology, and enrolled for Black Belt Lean Six Sigma at 2KO Afrika.

“I discovered my passion for vegetables after looking for employment for many years without success,” he said.

“I soon realised that I have a passion for farming and decided to open my own business. [I] tired of looking to others to find employment or to assist me. It is not easy to make a success of a farmer because there are many people around selling the very things and that makes the competition tough. The key is to be passionate about what you do and to be patient when things are going a bit rough,” he said.

Limpopo young farmer seeking employment solutions for his community
Masala Mpheni Ligege

LIMPOPO YOUNG FARMER WANT TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY  

In 2018 he opened a cooperative with his five friends in Limpopo. But in the first year they struggled due to floods and they abandoned the business.

“We had a broiler, layer, and green pepper farm. After I was retrenched this year in March I reopened the business alone and planted 10 000 cabbages which I now supply to local markets and residents. I also started a piggery with 10 pigs at the moment. Acquired 3 hectares of land to further develop the business and centralize the produce.

He said that the most challenging part is finding the market, getting financial support from the government, and security.

“My family is very supportive, My mother helped me by giving me the land to plant, and would assist with contacts, and my siblings help with marketing and penetrating the market. My goal is to have a multi-disciplinary agricultural company, an abattoir, and more land to form. I aim to provide food security to people, provide jobs, and create a better life for the community,” he explains.

“Being a farmer came with many challenges such as a rise in the feed price, which resulted in the farm increasing the vegetable price to the customers. The farm’s biggest client remains the villagers, as well as retailers who buy bulk. This is not the easiest sector to participate in but all my hard work and determination are worth the rewards,” concludes Ligege.