Limpopo man sentenced to two life sentences for rape

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A 33-year-old man was sentenced to two life sentences for rape in the Sibasa Regional Court, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto said Namadzavho Khothiwa was sentenced on Monday on rape and robbery charges which happened during 2012 and 2013. In the first incident in August 2012 Khothiwa had confronted a 10-year-old girl at Ha Makhuvha village where she was playing in the street with a friend.

Khothiwa lured her to the river and raped her, said Otto. Then in December 2013, Khothiwa had confronted a 59-year-old woman in Tshilungwi forest as she was collecting firewood and forced her deep into the forest at knife point.

Khothiwa kept the woman hostage and raped her. She escaped the next day while he was asleep.

Otto said Khothiwa had stolen her jersey.

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