Serial rapists handed 135 years in jail

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A serial rapist has been sentenced to a total of 135 years imprisonment by the North Gauteng High court sitting in Potchefstroom.

26 year-old  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. The accused was given 10 years imprisonment for each of the six counts of rape and 15 years for each of four counts of robbery.

He also got 10 and five year’s imprisonment of two other counts of robberies. In committing the crimes, the accused would target unsuspecting woman walking alone on the streets, then rape and rob them of their belongings. 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. The accused, threatened the victim with a knife and instructed her not to scream. He undressed the victim and raped her. In another unrelated incident, a 23 year old woman was on her way to the library in Ikageng when Matiwane approached her and raped at a local stadium.