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Limpopo man gets life after wave of murder, rape and robbery



The Limpopo Supreme Court in Polokwane on Wednesday sentenced Tshepo Boshielo, 34, to life imprisonment for three separate rape cases and the murder of a 14-year-old girl from Maserumule Park in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said that according to police reports, the victim was walking on the street alone on December 25, 2015 when Boshielo raped and murdered her.

“Her lifeless body was discovered by a passerby in someone’s yard next to her home. The accused committed these crimes in 2015 and was not arrested until 2019, where he was linked via DNA to two more rape cases,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.

Malabi-Dzhangi said Boshielo also committed corporate robberies in Mamelodi and Nebo.

“During court proceedings, Boshielo pleaded not guilty to both charges, but he was still convicted. During the sentencing, Adv. George Makhudu begged the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence because the crimes he committed were serious.

“Judge Geriet Muller agreed with the state and also alluded to the need to fight the scourge of gender-based violence and feminicide in the country by sentences the accused to life imprisonment for each count.”

Director of Public Prosecution Attorney Ivy Thenga praised the collaboration between Sergeant Frans Chego and prosecutor Makhudu to book the perpetrator.

On Wednesday, Limpopo MEC for Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale expressed shock at the level of gender-based violence and femicide in the province after two women were allegedly murdered by their partners.

This after the body of 23-year-old Bongani Maake was found over the weekend near the cemetery in Moupye village in the Motupa area, outside Tzaneen. In Makgatle, outside Zebediela, 32-year-old Tshepo Aphane succumbed to severe burns after being allegedly set on fire by her partner.

Nkakareng had sent social workers to both families to provide psychosocial support.

“As a government, we cannot allow the vulnerable groups in society to be killed in this way. These are not just statistics, but lives lost at the hands of abusers who totally ignore the law,” Ralgoale said.

The distraught MEC added that the right to life and the dignity of the people must be respected at all times.

“We also reiterate our call on people who are in abusive relationships or in a position to witness such incidents to report them to social workers and the police so that we can prevent these heinous acts in the future,” she said. .

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