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.