Serial rapist sentenced to 43 years in jail

By Chanice Jennike - 14 September 2019Views : 977

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 43 years behind bars for rape. 

Olebogeng Thukwi was sentenced by the Northern Cape High Court and handed 43 years on four counts of rape.

The Northern Cape High Court classified Thukwi as a serial rapist, after finding him guilty on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

"Early and mid-year 2016 Thukwi raped girls aged between 11 and 14. During the commission of the crime he targeted unsuspecting girls in Sedibeng, Bankhara villages near Kuruman in the John Taolo Gaetsewe Cluster," a police statement read. 

"He grabbed and dragged all his victims into the bushes and raped them. Subsequent to raping the victims he would leave them in the bushes and run away. He was on the loose for almost two years, until his arrest on April 2018. Thukwi was linked to all four counts of rape through forensic evidence."

The Northern Cape Police Management, praised the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Department of Justice (DoJ) for working together and ensuring that criminals such as Thukwi are removed from the society.