North West Provincial Commissioner, Lt Genl Baile Motswenyane welcomed the life sentence handed down to Amos Kgoleng (29) and 20 years imprisonment given to Thabiso Moloi (26) and Sello None (28) respectively.
Kgoleng and Moloi were charged with raping two cousins, 13 and 15 years old respetiverly during the incident on 11 February 2015 at Extension 1 in Jouberton.
Lt Col Amanda Funani said the two minors were walking home when they were approached by a group of young men. “The group, consisting of eight men, forced the two minors to accompany them to Extension 1. They took them behind the stadium where they raped them. After raping the young girls they took them to Extension 13.
“Whilst walking with them, street patrols stopped the suspects and searched them. The two young girls told the street patrols that youth they were with threatened them with knives and raped them. Police were called and the eight suspects were arrested, but DNA linked only two of the suspects to the crime,” Funani added.
Kgoleng was sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and Moloi was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
In another unrelated incident, None was given 20 years imprisonment for raping a 39-year-old woman.
“The victim was asleep in her home in Jouberton when she woke up and saw the accused standing next to her bed. He strangled and raped her several times before he fled. The victim reported the case to the police and he was traced and arrested,” Funani said.
The Provincial Commissioner applauded Klerksdorp Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for a sterling job in making sure that the suspects were convicted and sentenced for their crimes.