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SAPS Northern Cape welcomes life sentence for rapist

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The accused broke into the woman’s home, severely assaulted her and forcefully took her to his home and raped her several times.

THE SAPS management in the Northern Cape has welcomed the sentence that was handed down to a rape accused by the Mothibistad Regional Court recently.

Thabo Phahamang, 35, was sentenced to life imprisonment for severely assaulting and raping a 35-year-old woman in Kagung village.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that, on November 10, 2018, at about 1am, Phahamang broke into the house of the female victim, where he strangled and severely assaulted her.

“He threatened her with a knife, forcefully took her to his house and raped her several times.”

Phahamang was arrested on November 22, 2018 and sentenced on August 19, 2021 as follows:

Count 1: Rape – 5 years

Count 2: Rape – 5 years

Count 3 : Rape – Life imprisonment

The Northern Cape acting provincial commissioner, Major-General Joey Kers, commended Constable Precious Schoeman, who is attached to the Kuruman SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit for her meticulous investigation of the case, which led to the perpetrator receiving a life imprisonment sentence.

Kers also called on the community to break the silence on gender-based violence and to report and act against violence perpetrated against women and children.

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