Rape accused appears in court

2016-08-17 06:00

BETHLEHEM. – Mojalefa Makhalemele (29), who is facing charges of allegedly raping three women in separate incidents in Bethlehem during 2010 and 2015, is expected to reappear before the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (18/08).

Makhalemele, who has not been asked to plead, appeared briefly in the same court on Tuesday, 2 August.

The suspect had been on the run since 2010 after the rape of a woman, who had been 21-years-old at the time.

The Bethlehem police continued searching for the suspect and arrested him in the early morning of 31 July.

The breakthrough came after the use of DNA as part of the investigation to solve the three rape cases.

Capt. Zweli Mohobeleli, spokesperson for the Bethlehem police, said DNA results positively linked the suspect to the rape of the three women.

He said the first case reportedly occurred in September 2010 and involved the 21-year-old victim.

Mohobeleli said the victim had been raped in an open field near the Brent Park residential settlement.

The suspect had reportedly confronted the victim, threatened her with a knife and thereafter repeatedly raped her at the crime scene.

The other two incidents were in 2015 and involved victims who were then 28 and 21 respectively.

These incidents reportedly happened in May and August in Bohlokong.

Mohobeleli said the 28-year-old woman had been raped at her residence, apparently after the victim’s alcoholic drink had been spiked.

He said the 28-year-old woman had been in the company of friends at a house in Bohlokong where those present had been consuming beverages, which had included alcohol.

He said the victim had suddenly felt unusually tired and went for a brief sleep in one of the rooms.

Mohobeleli said that upon waking up, the woman discovered that she had been raped and reported the matter.

He said the third victim had been walking alone when she met the suspect at about 04:00. The suspect had reportedly offered to accompany her.

“Upon reaching an open space near a surgery in Bohlokong, the suspect forced her to the ground and raped her, after which he fled,” said Mohobeleli.


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