JOHANNESBURG, November 14 – A 26-year-old man was sentenced to a combined 140 years imprisonment after he was found to be a serial rapist and thief by the North Gauteng High Court, sitting in Potchefstroom.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Adéle Myburgh said: “Tebogo Israel Matiwane was sentenced on six counts of rape and robbery that were committed between April 2008 and March 2016 in Ikageng and Potchefstroom respectively.”
“In committing the crimes, Matiwane would target unsuspecting woman walking alone on the streets, then rape and rob them of their belongings,” she said.
“In one of the incidents, in April 2008, a 47-year-old woman was walking next to a block of flats in Potchefstroom when the accused and another unknown male followed her. They grabbed and pulled her to the ground.”
Myburgh added that Matiwane threatened her with a knife and instructed her not to scream, before undressing the victim and raping her.
“It was reported at the time of the incident that the accused’s accomplice searched the victim and took her lighter and cigarettes before they fled the scene.”
Meanwhile, in another incident, a 23-year-old woman was on her way to the library in Ikageng in 2016, when Matiwane, who was armed with a knife, approached her.
“Matiwane took the victim’s two cellphones and her bank card. He then took her close to the local stadium where he raped her.”
Myburgh said investigations led to his arrest and he was linked through DNA to other cases.