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Rapist gets 30 years

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“Meticulous investigation by members of the South African Police Service continues to instil hope for victims of crime”

Thamboer Seekoei

A 26-YEAR-old Northern Cape man was yesterday sentenced by the De Aar Regional Court to 30 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of three counts of rape.

Thamboer Seekoei raped two women, aged 47 and 53 years old, on two separate occasions in Phillipstown.

“On February 14, 2016 he raped the 47-year-old woman. He was arrested subsequent to the incident and was later released on bail. While on bail he raped the 53-year-old woman several times. He was re-arrested and charged with two counts of rape. The State perceived him to be dangerous to the community, denied him bail and he was kept in police custody,” said police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana.

“During the trial, the victims shed light on Seekoei’s modus operandi. He lured his victims under false pretence. He would ask that they accompany him to his house to fetch money. While he was inside his house with the victim he would overpower them and then sexually assault them.”

On Monday, Seekoei was sentenced by the De Aar Regional Court to 10 years’ imprisonment for each of the three rape counts.

The Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Risimati Shivuri, commended the investigating team from the Pixley ka Seme Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence unit, Captain Selomie Coetzee and Warrant Officer Sehako, for their “exceptional investigation” in the case and for ensuring that justice was served.

“Meticulous investigation by members of the South African Police Service continues to instil hope for victims of crime,” Shivuri said.