Limpopo rapist handed five life terms

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A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

POLOKWANE – A “notorious and dangerous criminal” who terrorised community members in Polokwane by targeting young children for almost four years has been sentenced to several life imprisonment terms, Limpopo police said on Saturday.

Freedom Tokologo Khutso Matlou, 23, of Spook Park, Polokwane, was sentenced by the Polokwane High Court this week to five life terms plus 12 years and six months imprisonment for 10 criminal offences, Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said.

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He was sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment for five rape cases, 10 years for two cases of kidnapping, two years for housebreaking and theft, and six months imprisonment for malicious damage to property.

“[Matlou] was terrorising members of the community between the years 2012 and 2016 at Makgofe, Mmotong wa Perekisi, and Spook Park villages in the Seshego policing area outside Polokwane.”

He attacked young children between the ages of three and 16 while they were on their way to and from schools. “He would threaten them with a knife and [drag] them to his home where he raped them and later robbed them of their cellphones,” Ngoepe said.

Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba welcomed the sentence and encouraged all detectives to double their efforts to remove criminals from the streets. He assured citizens of the province that the South African Police Service (SAPS) was determined to fight crime, especially affecting women and children, without mercy or compromise.

Ledwaba also praised members of the community for the undivided support they gave to police by supplying quality and reliable information and encouraged them to do more.