The 33-year-old Tshepo Seth Manyiki was handed down four life prison terms on Thursday 26 July at the Klerksdorp High Court.
The harsh sentence was welcomed by the community after they picketed outside the court to support the family. More good news is that the Thabo Pelesane Foundation agreed to build a new house for the family too.
The body of the young Nombuyiselo of Ext 7, Jouberton was found burned beyond recognition by a passerby on 14 May last year. Her body was discovered in an open field not far from her home.
She disappeared after her grandmother sent her to the shop. Her family reported her as missing at the police station. The police received a tip-off leading them to Manyiki who tried to flee.
Afterwards it was established that Manyiki was on bail on a separate rape case in which the victim was a 47-year-old woman.
“Subsequent to his arrest, another 17-year-old victim went to open a case of rape against him after being quiet for a long time. Manyiki threatened to kill her and her family should she report him,” police spokesperson, Sgt Amogelang Mabihi said.
Manyiki pleaded guilty on all four criminal cases against him in February. He was sentenced last week.
Lentswe’s efforts to get comments from the families of the victim’s were fruitless.