Hartebeesfontein – 2 men were sentenced to life imprisonment each following the rape and robbery which occurred at Tigane township in September 2018 at 02: 00 in the early hours.
It is alleged a 54-year-old woman was sleeping alone in her house when she heard footsteps outside. She went to peep through the window to check what was happening and that is when one of the suspects stabbed her on the mouth through the window. They were wearing balaclavas. The victim tried to run away to neighbours for help through the rear door and she was overpowered by suspects who pushed her back inside the house demanding cash. She gave them R200 she had and the suspects ransacked her house and stole another R200. The victim was then forced to her bedroom where she was forced to undress before the 2 suspects took turns raping her. Thereafter they took her to the bathroom where she was forced to take a bath. The suspects further stole electrical appliances, shoes and clothes and fled the scene.
The case was reported to the police and even though the victim could only describe them by their clothes, the investigator managed to nail them later the same day through a tip-off at Ext 6 Tigane, all the stolen properties were also found at Ext 5 after positive identification by the victim. The suspects have been behind bars since their arrest as the investigator opposed their bail till they appeared before Klerksdorp Regional Court 2 for finalization of the case on the 02nd May 2019. Zwelinzima Petrus Masibi, 23 and Maruping Mooki, 19 were each sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and each of them another 6 years for robbery.