Being at the right place at the right time ensured that two rapists from Botshabelo were recently sentenced to 15 and 20 years’ respectively for rape by the Botshabelo Regional Court on 28 November 2016.
A concerned community member heard that two men, Rapelang Lawrence Puka (19), and Thabiso Innocent Boylane (24), talking about how they raped a 24-year-old female on the evening of 14 September 2013.
The concerned community member knew the young woman staying at Section W who was raped and she went to tell the victim what the two rapists were talking about.
The 24-year-old victim told the investigating officer who was assigned to her case.
Warrant Officer Rantjepela Masisa from Selosesha FCS (family violence, child protection and sexual offences) Unit followed up on that information and arrested the two rapists on 19 September 2013.
During his investigation he took DNA samples from both the rapists and sent them for analysis and they came back positive and linked the two rapists of raping a 24-year-old victim. The victim was also able to identify the two rapists.
The incident happened on September 2013 when the 24-year-old victim was walking to home with her boyfriend at about 20:30.
On their way the met the two men who took out self-made sharp weapons and chased the boyfriend away.
They took the victim to a certain house in Section W in Botshabelo and raped the victim. After raping the victim they left and she went to report the matter to the police.
Rapelang Puka was sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment and Thabiso Boylane was sentenced to 20 years direct imprisonment by Botshabelo Regional Court.
Lieutenant General Lebeoana Tsumane, the Free State Police Provincial Commissioner welcomed the sentencing of the two rapist and said, “This is a clear indication that we will not allow any form of abuse against women and children especially as this sentencing comes at a time where we are creating awareness of 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.”