Gilibambo Malema (30), a convicted rapist, was sentenced to life in prison for raping a 12-year old girl at Bela-Bela in March last year.
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Gilibambo Malema (30), a rapist from Bela-Bela, was sentenced to life in prison at the Modimolle Regional Court on Tuesday, 22 November.
Warrant Officer Johannes Shitlhane, the head of the police’s unit for violence, crimes against children, and sexual crimes at Bela-Bela, told The BEAT’s sister paper The Post that the incident took place in March 2015 at a house in Donoza, an extension of the Bela-Bela Township. Malema raped a 12-year-old girl in her brother’s home in one of the rooms. The brother was not connected to the crime.
Shitlhane said that Malema, a local resident and a traditional healer, was involved with a number of initiation schools in the area.
The police arrested him in April 2015, a month after the incident, and he appeared several times in the Modimolle Regional Court on charges of rape.
Bail was never granted, and he remained in custody for the duration of the case.
Shitlhane said that forensic investigations proved that Malema committed the crime. He was found guilty of one count of rape, and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
“We worked very hard to prove that he was the guilty party, and we are happy with the sentence,” Shitlhane said. “The judgement sends a clear message that crime does not pay.”
The investigating officer was Sergeant Emily Mabena.
The girl is already back at school, and is receiving professional help to process the events, Shitlhane said.
Victims of similar crimes can phone Shitlhane on 071 355 0566, or the police station at 014 735 9759.
16 months ago 08 December 2016