A Former prosecutor of Thohoyandou Magistrates Court, Limpopo Leonard Makhado Ratshilumela (49) appeared in the Magistrate’s Court facing charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

This follows an incident that happened on 29 March 2022 in Mukula village. Makhado and Mbofholowo Freedom Tshikovhele (27) were arrested after allegedly attempting to kill and burn the house of a key witness in the matter in which he is on trial for corruption and defeating the ends of justice.

LIMPOPO FORMER PROSECUTOR TROUBLES

It is also alleged that the family members of the witness went out of the house after they smelled petrol and alerted the police.

In May 2020, Ratshilumela Makhado was arrested at Thavhani Mall in Thohoyandou by The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Unit (HAWKS). This was during an undercover operation for an alleged bribe to make the case disappear.

He demanded R6000 from the parent of the accused who was facing charges of reckless and negligent driving. Makhado failed to appear in Giyani Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on 28 March 2022 for trial. A warrant of arrest was issued.

NPA CONDEMN ONE OF THEIR OWN

The National Prosecuting Authority has also condemned the behaviour of the former prosecutor. They are also disappointed to find someone in his position committing such crimes. We further commend the good work of police officers who acted accordingly.

The case was postponed to 6 April 2022. This is to secure an available prosecutor from outside of Thohoyandou to proceed with the matter.

A 30-year-old man appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court in connection with two counts of rape of a minor boy. This also includes sexual assault, five counts of child abuse. As well as one of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man from Tshitereke village in Vhembe District, Limpopo is alleged to have preyed on an 11-year-old boy and his mother.

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The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2020 and 2021. But were only reported on 21 November 2021 after the victim had told his relative. The child could not tell his mother as he was also abused by the boyfriend.

During his bail appearance, the man submitted an affidavit indicating that he would lose his job and suffer financial loss by spending time in custody while he was innocent.

The prosecution opposed bail and called a state witness who indicated the applicant had a case in August 2020, of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm where the complainant was the mother of the same boy. She was his girlfriend, pregnant with the accused’s child. The mother reconciled with the accused and the case was withdrawn.

MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A MINOR BOY

The witness further told the court that the accused would interfere with witnesses. He had access to their homestead and the victims were afraid of him. It is feared that he might intimidate them not to testify against him. The witness told the court that the accused was working with children at a local primary school. There was a likelihood that he could violate more children.

During the address to the court, the prosecutor Ms Petronela Mudau said that the accused is an employee of the Department of Education, employed as an assistant teacher at the lower primary school wherein he works with minor children. It is, therefore, likely that he could be a danger to children. It was not in the interest of justice to grant him bail.

The case was postponed to Tuesday, 25 January 2022 for a decision on the bail application.