Accused sentenced to four life terms for attacks on elderly


The High Court in Bloemfontein has sentenced a 30-year-old man to four life terms for assaulting, raping and killing elderly women. This follows three incidents which took place in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Mathlomola Solomon Matsau (30) was sentenced on Friday, 13 September 2019 to four (4)  life terms,  two for 2 counts of rape and two for 2 counts of murder, then 7 years for attempted rape and 2 years for theft of groceries.

The first incident occurred in 2017, where he assaulted a 73-year-old woman, raped and strangled her to death in her house. He would gain entrance through breaking the windows of his victims’ houses.

In 2018, he assaulted an 80-year-old victim before raping and strangling her. And again in 2018, he pounced on a 60-year-old blind woman and attempted to rape her. The victim managed to grab a knife and stabbed him. Failing to continue with his mission, the accused stole the victim’s groceries before fleeing the scene.

Warrant-Officer William Leboea of the Serial Electronic Crime Investigation unit (SECI) took over the investigation and managed to link the accused in all three cases through DNA.