Godlip Reason Seoka, a Tzaneen serial rapist, received a sentence of 85 years on seven counts of rape by the Polokwane High Court.
The court noted that the accused terrorized the communities of Bolobedu and Tzaneen, Limpopo between the years 2015 and 2016 by raping and robbing women of their belongings.
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He targeted unsuspecting women on their way to Tzaneen who did not know the area very well and offered assistance. In doing so, he would lure them to secluded areas.
The accused would then rape and rob the victims of their belongings. He would also target women hitchhiking on the R71 road near Tzaneen Spar on the way to Phalaborwa and Giyani. One of the victims was also hacked with a panga during the incident.
The Police received a tip-off, and the operation was conducted. The accused was arrested on Wednesday, 28 December 2022, following a lengthy investigation and was charged with rape and robbery.
The case was transferred to Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offenses Tzaneen for further investigation.
Sergeant Glenda Mathebula was assigned to investigate the case, and the accused was denied bail until he was found guilty by the Polokwane High Court.
SERIAL RAPIST CONVICTED FOR TERRORISING COMMUNITIES OF BOLOBEDU AND TZANEEN
Seoka was convicted and sentenced on seven counts, as follows:
1. Count 1 Rape – sentenced to 23 years imprisonment Count 3 Rape – sentenced to 15 years imprisonment
2. Count 5 Rape – sentenced to 8 years imprisonment
3. Count 7 Rape- sentenced to 8 years imprisonment
4. Count 9 Rape – sentenced to 8 years imprisonment
5. Count 11 Rape – sentenced to 8 years imprisonment
6. Count 13 Rape – sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
Count 3,5, 7, 9, and 13 to run concurrently with count 1. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm in terms of Section 103(1)(g) of Act 60/2000.