“The accused accosted all his victims in the veld near Dithakong Village in Kuruman, where he threatened them with a knife and raped them"
A 28-YEAR-old Northern Cape man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted on three charges of rape by the Kathu High Court.
Buti Thokonyane was on Friday sentenced to 15 years for each of the three counts of rape and a further five years for robbery after he stole a cellphone belonging to one of his victims.
He will only serve 20 years as the three rape sentences will run concurrently.
Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, said that Thokonyane was arrested on March 23 2018 after DNA linked him positively to the crimes. “The accused accosted all his victims in the veld near Dithakong Village in Kuruman, where he threatened them with a knife and raped them. The first incident happened in March 2016, the second in September 2017 and the third in November 2017. The victims are females aged 16, 17, and 19 years old respectively. The police searched for the accused and traced him by means of his DNA and the modus operandi he utilised,” said Kock.