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Hoopstad man sent to jail for 23 years for rape of 18-year-old
Hoopstad man sent to jail for 23 years for rape of

A Hoopstad man has been found guilty on two counts of rape and sentenced to 23 years in jail.

On 2 April 2017 Bongani Witbooi (22) forced an 18-year-old victim to walk with him.

He first raped her at an old taxi rank and then again at his shack. Another man later arrived and allegedly also raped the victim. She managed to escape when the two men started arguing, and reported the incident to the police.

Det. Sgt. Mojalefa Mokha­hlane was applauded for conducting a thorough investigation which led to the heavy sentence. The second accused was never arrested.

The cluster commander of Welkom, Maj. Gen. Lerato Molale, said this conviction would send a clear message to all would-be rapists that they will end up in jail.

Witbooi was sentenced in the Welkom Regional court on 1 November.

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