The 49-year-old Molahlehi Ramatekwane was recently sentenced to life in prison. This after being found guilty of raping a 14-year-old teenage girl.
The incident occurred on 16 September 2019 when the teenage victim was playing in the street with a ball on her way home. Ramatekwane pretended to play with the ball before he kicked the ball into a dilapidated house close by.
According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, both the suspect and the victim entered the abandoned house to look for the ball. “That’s when the accused overpowered the victim and raped her. A community member appeared and rescued the victim,” said Makhele.
The accused was detained by the community and later arrested by the police. “The DNA results confirmed the incident and the eyewitness also gave admissible evidence before the Court of Law which helped strengthen the case,” said Makhele.
The bravery and commitment of the eyewitness for giving a water-tight evidence before the court, which assisted in ensuring that justice was served for the teenager, was commended by the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane.