A 33-years-old man has been arrested by the Groblersdal Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit for allegedly raping his girlfriend’s daughter aged 15. This happened during March and June 2023 at Spintspunt village, Groblersdal, in the Matlekereng policing area. 

According to the information received, the victim disclosed this disturbing incident to her mother, on Sunday, 28 April 2024. This was after her mother and the suspect (her mother’s boyfriend) had a heated conversation about their relationship. 

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It is alleged that the victim was raped twice on different occasions by the suspect. The first incident happened while her mother went shopping and the second one when she was at work. After the victim informed her mother, the suspect fled the scene to a hideout to evade arrest. 

Man arrested for raping a minor in Groblersdal
Crime Scene

The police were notified about the incident, and a rape case was opened against the suspect.  The case was then transferred to the Groblersdal Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, for further investigations. 

On Monday, the 29th of April 2024, the suspect was spotted, traced, and arrested for raping a minor at his hideout in Lefiso village 

Groblersdal FCS arrested a 33 years old man for raping a minor

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo South African Police Service(SAPS) Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe welcomed the arrest and commended the investigating officer for ensuring that the suspect was behind bars.

The suspect will appear before Siyabuswa Magistrate’s Court for rape on Thursday, 02 May 2024.  The Police investigations are still continuing regarding this issue.

A 32-year-old rape accused was sentenced to two life imprisonment by the Groblersdal Regional Court, Limpopo on Friday, 26 April 2024.

The man is accused of raping his two neighbours who were minors in 2017 and 2020 at Morarela village. 

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During the trial, Groblersdal Court heard that in April 2017, the accused raped his neighbour aged 12. The victim went to the neighbour’s house to play with another girl who was in her age group. She found her not home and the accused was alone, he threatened the victim with a knife, dragged her into his room and raped her. While he was busy with the ordeal, her friend and her aunt came back and caught the accused raping the victim.

The victim’s mother was notified about the incident and a case of rape was opened against the accused. The docket was transferred to Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigations. The accused was traced and arrested but the case was provisionally withdrawn pending the DNA results. 

TWO LIVE SENTENCES FOR A RAPE ACCUSED IN GROBLERSDAL 

While waiting for results, he raped another neighbour aged 15, in February 2020. The victim was sleeping at her residence with her cousin when he broke into their home. The victim’s cousin managed to escape through the window but the victim was caught, he grabbed her, threatened and raped her. While he was busy as she screamed for help, one of the community members heard her. She then came and rescued her.

The matter was reported to the Police and a rape case was registered. The suspect was traced and arrested for rape.

Both cases were assigned to Sergeant Nancy Mokonyana attached at Mokopane FCS.

Following investigations, the accused aged 32, was positively linked with cases. Thus convicted and sentenced to two life imprisonment for 02 counts of rape.

Commissioner of Limpopo SAPS, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the sentence. 

“We welcome the court ‘s final decision of putting the accused in custody for two life imprisonment sentences. We also commend the investigating officer and the arresting team for ensuring that the accused was removed from the society,” Concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

Limpopo Police have arrested a 30-year-old pastor from Groblersdal in connection with a vehicle purchase scheme fraud.

The suspect who has been masquerading as a religious leader was arrested on Saturday,09 March. This is after it was discovered that he had submitted fraudulent documents in an attempt to purchase a luxury vehicle.

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The arrest came as a result of a prompt reaction by the Provincial Tracking team. It was tipped off about the suspect’s activities. The suspect, whose identity is being withheld pending further investigation, was arrested when he arrived at the car dealership in Polokwane after the bank opened a case of fraud.

Groblersdal pastor arrested for vehicle purchase scheme fraud
Handcuffs

During the arrest, police confiscated the fraudulent bank statement, proof of employment and salary advice. It was established that the suspect used the details of an unsuspecting female congregant to create a profile and forged the document.

A PASTOR IN GROBLERSDAL ARRESTED FOR FRAUD OF USING FAKE DOCUMENTS 

The suspect will appear in Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday,  11 March 2024

“The SAPS is committed to rooting out fraud and corruption in all its forms. Urges the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. This arrest sends a clear message that crime does not pay. The SAPS will also continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of all South Africans,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

The Groblersdal Regional Court, Limpopo handed down a life imprisonment sentence to a 35-year-old Man accused who raped and assaulting an elderly woman aged 90.

The court heard that on 31 July 2022, the accused broke into the house of an elderly woman at Elandskraal. He found a panga in the victim’s bedroom, he assaulted her with it before raping her.

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He thereafter fled the scene with the said panga. Police were alerted about the incident, they opened cases of rape and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The victim was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The rape case was transferred to Mokopane Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. It was assigned to Sergeant Lesetja Langa for further investigation.

The suspect was traced and arrested. Police also recovered the panga with blood stains, which were used to assault the victim.

MAN WHO RAPED A 90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SENTENCED IN GROBLERSDAL

Accused: Ephraim Matshela Madiba (35) was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 24 months in imprisonment for Assault GBH. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, praised the investigating officer and his team for ensuring that perpetrators are removed from the society and kept in jail.

“We welcome the life sentence and we are glad that justice was finally served, concluded Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

A 68-year-old man was sentenced to twenty years direct imprisonment for raping his 7-year-old step-granddaughter by Groblersdal Regional Court, Limpopo.

The court heard that the incident occurred in March 2023. The accused would wait for the victim’s mother to leave the house and go to her bedroom and rape her.

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The incident took place several times until the victim reported the matter to her mother who took her to the doctor for medical examination. The mother further reported the matter to the police and the accused was arrested and charged with rape.

It was assigned to Detective Sergeant Pebetse Maile of the Groblersdal Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit. The accused was granted bail after appearing several times before Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court.

Groblersdal Grandfather sentenced to twenty years for raping his step-granddaughter
Groblersdal Regional Court

GROBLERSDAL COURT HAS SENTENCED A MAN FOR RAPING HIS STEP-GRANDDAUGHTER

On Monday, 19 February 2024, the accused was ultimately sentenced to 20 years of direct imprisonment by the Groblersdal Regional Court.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has applauded the investigating officer for the diligent work. She further stressed that the SAPS remains committed to vigorously fighting the scourge of gender-based violence.

The Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo has dismissed the bail application by Piet Groenewald and Tefan Greeff who are accused of assaulting a black security guard and setting their dog on him 

The 30-year-old security guard claimed that he was hit by Groenewald and Greeff with a heavy object. He says the two incited a dog to attack him. The attack was recorded on video which has widely circulated on social media platforms.

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Veneruru Kavari, who had been with their company for only seven days, was being accused of being drunk on the job.

Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo has dismissed the bail application by Piet Groenewald and Tefan Greeff
Piet Groenewald and Tefan Greeff in court

BAIL APPLICATION IN GROBLERSDAL SECURITY GUARD CASE DISMISSED 

“This court has come to a conclusion that it will not be in the interest of justice that the two applicants be released on bail. Therefore the application that they be released on bail is dismissed.

The judge also dismissed the notion that Political parties would interfere with the case given the attention it has received from the public. 

“This court when coming to this conclusion had nothing to do with what the politicians did. What they wanted to achieve and so on. Because Politicians do what they want to do in their own time. As long as they don’t interfere with the running of the court, there is nothing that the court can do. 

PIET GROENEWALD IS NOT A FIRST-TIME OFFENDER 

It was also established during the bail application that Groenewald had previously fled the country in 1990. This is after he was accused of the murders of Simon Koba and Prince Makena in a road rage incident. 

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Two lifeless bodies of a married couple was found in a pool of blood in their bedroom and the firearm was next to the deceased man in Moganyaka village outside Groblersdal.

According to the information, on Saturday 14 October in the morning at about 07:30, the Police responded to a complaint of a shooting incident.

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Upon arrival, they discovered two lifeless bodies of a married couple in a pool of blood in their bedroom. The firearm was next to the deceased man.

It is reported that a 41-year-old man and his wife of 37 years had a heated argument while they were in their bedroom. This happened on the evening of Friday,13 October 2023 at about 21:00.

It is further alleged that on the following morning on Saturday, their Son, a 20-year-old, decided to go home. On arrival at home, he found both his mother and father lying in a pool of blood.  

A GROBLERSDAL MARRIED COUPLE FOUND DEAD AT HOME 

The motive behind the incident is not known and Police investigations are underway. The element of domestic violence cannot be ruled at this stage. Police in Motetema have opened a case of murder and an inquest docket

It is reported that the deceased is a member of The South African Police Service. A Sergeant attached to Tembisa Police Station in Gauteng Province.

According to the information the late Sergeant was on leave when the incident took place. Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe condemned the incident.

She further reiterated her appeal to couples and families to seek assistance from professionals if they are facing domestic-related problems to avoid these painful endings. Police are also investigating the circumstances surrounding this gruesome incident.

Former CFO at the Sekhukhune District Municipality who has been on the run and alleged to be involved in a security tender fraud scandal, finally handed himself. The 42-year-old is expected to make his first appearance in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s court, Limpopo on Tuesday, 3 October.

Meanwhile, the municipal Senior Administration Officer, Kedibone Magagane who also handed herself to the Hawks on Friday appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Monday. She was remanded in custody until Wednesday, 4 October 2023 when she will be joining her co-accused.

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It brings to five, the total number of arrests of suspects in connection with the case. The crime was allegedly committed in 2018.

The latest development follows the arrest of two service providers and a former junior employee last week.

Their charges relate to corruption and fraud amounting to approximately R5 million. The Municipal officials are accused of having conspired with the service providers to unlawfully obtain payments for security services that were not rendered.

MORE ARRESTS IN SEKHUKHUNE SECURITY TENDER FRAUD

The matter was reported to the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members for further probe. On 28 September 2023, a take-down operation was conducted in Groblersdal. It resulted in the arrest of the former municipal official, Andries Mokgotho (45). Two service providers, Bongani Masupye (34) and Shivhadana Murovhi (39).

Three suspects believed to be involved in the R5.4 million tender fraud in the Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo have been arrested by the Hawks. The takedown operation was conducted in Groblersdal on Thursday with one more suspect are still on the run.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Limpopo says efforts are underway to locate another outstanding suspect.

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Hawks’ Limpopo spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Matimba Maluleke says they received a complaint in 2018. This is after the Sekhukhune District Municipality awarded tenders worth over R5 million to different companies to provide security services.

It is further alleged that the former municipal Chief Financial Officer and Senior Administration Officer connived with other companies who never rendered any service to deposit money into their accounts. The money was later shared among themselves. As a result, the companies that rendered the services did not receive their payments.

Maluleke says among the suspects are former and current employees of the Sekhukhune District municipality.

The takedown has resulted in the arrest of the former municipal official, Andries Mokgotho and two service providers, Bongani Masupye and Shivhadana Murovhi.

During the take-down operation, the Senior Administration Officer was not found but she handed herself to the Hawks on Friday. The former CFO is still on the run but he is being traced.

Mokgotho, Masopye and Murovhi who were arrested yesterday already appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Friday. They are facing fraud and theft charges and they were remanded in custody until 4 October 2023 for formal bail application.

The Senior Administration Officer will make her first appearance in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 2 October 2023.

HAWKS MAKE BREAKTHROUGH IN SEKHUKHUNE MUNICIPALITY TENDER FRAUD

He says they are also investigating other fraud and corruption cases reported at the same municipality.

“There are other cases of fraud and corruption that we are still investigating. So as we are busy with the investigation, we believe that soon we will receive the warrant of arrest against the suspects and we are going to plan another takedown operation,” he said. 

A 42-year old Mother together with her 23-year-old son and two cousins have been accused of murder of a Man who allegedly stole their goats in Sekhukhune District, Limpopo. The four will make their first appearance at Groblersdal Magistrate Court on Monday morning.

They are facing charges of kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm [ GBH] and murder. The crime was committed at Morarela, on a farm under the Elandskraal policing area on Saturday, 17 June at about 09:05.’

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According to the police report, the deceased identified as Funky Hlongwane and his 32-year friend, who is a teacher by profession, were at home when they were allegedly kidnapped by the four suspects at about 07:05. They were being accused of stealing goats belonging to a 42-year old-woman.

A Limpopo Mother, Son accused of the murder of a Man who allegedly stole their goats
A Mother from Sekhukhune is being accused of Murder

The duo were taken to a farm and tied with a long robe and severely assaulted with several weapons including a hammer. The teacher was released afterwards while the suspects continued assaulting Funky Hlongwane. The teacher managed to report the incident to the Police.

MOTHER, SON ACCUDED OF MURDER

Police immediately rushed to the premises. Upon arrival found a 35-year-old victim laying down with serious injuries and unable to talk. Members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has described the incident as senseless and brutal. She further applauded the police for arresting the suspects.

“We keep on mentioning that taking law into your own hands is not a solution. Instead it causes unintended results,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.