Senior cop convicted on rape charge

2013-04-13 08:02

Johannesburg - A former senior policeman has been convicted on several charges including rape by the Sasolburg Regional Court, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said on Friday.

"[The court] found 37-year-old Mahlatse Thobakgale guilty of three counts of rape, one count of pointing a firearm and one count of negligent discharge of a firearm," spokesperson Moses Dlamini said in a statement.

Thobakgale was convicted on Thursday. He was a senior superintendent at the Free State provincial commissioner's office.

In February 2010 Thobakgale threatened and abducted the Deneysville police station's clerk.

"[He] threatened the victim, 32 at the time, who is a clerk at the station, with a firearm."

He forced her into his car and drove her to an isolated spot. He ordered her to strip and then raped her three times.

Afterwards Thobakgale took her back to the station, Dlamini said.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and dismissed from the police. He would be sentenced on Monday.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2013-04-13 08:17

    he used police force!

  • Kenny Leluma - 2013-04-13 08:18


  • Geoff O'Connell - 2013-04-13 08:21

    Lock him up and loose the key.... He doesn't deserve to see the daylight ever again!!!

      ray.syst - 2013-04-13 08:43

      Lock him up? Put a gun to his head and pull the trigger! Rid the world of these human vermin, why must we continue to tolerate this?

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-04-13 08:27

    Make an example of him.

      Dan Moore - 2013-04-14 04:43

      I couldn't agree more........what's your preferred method of street justice tire and petrol that would suffice for someone trusted with the lives of all

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-13 08:31

    If you cannot be safe amongst your own coleagues who can you turn too,I feel for you my sister.

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-13 08:33

    Were they the only people on duty?Something does not sound right!

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-13 08:35

    Another one of our dedicated policemen - NOT!!! UKWZWE rules the force...

  • Vijen Lankesar - 2013-04-13 08:36

    He probably got a free top it all!

  • T-bos Man - 2013-04-13 08:39

    Such things we need to look at them from the spiritual angle of live, I know some do not believe in God but as Christians we believe this is the work of the devil. No human in his right mind can do such a horrible thing.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-13 10:24

      So the rapist isn't bad, he's mad? And the devil made him do it?

  • Adele Coetzee - 2013-04-13 08:40

    What has he done before and got away with! What's wrong with some people nowadays? Lock him up

  • Fairness IsEverything - 2013-04-13 08:44

    Scum appointing scum do do more scum

  • Terrence Schwartz - 2013-04-13 08:48

    How did he become a Snr Supt?

      Simon Pearce - 2013-04-13 14:02

      bee of course.......

  • master.kay.7355 - 2013-04-13 08:48

    What a waste. Senior superintendent at 37. There is many Constables older than 38 with more than 8 years service in SAPS. You'll need to jump 6 ranks from Constable rank to Senior Superintendent rank while it would require 7 year service to progress from Constable to the next rank, Sergeant (The promotion policy stipulates ranks cannot be skipped). For a 38 year old Constable to become a senior Superintendent is an unrealistic dream in the Saps. My 41 year old colleque Constable had just been promoted to a rank of a Sergeant last month, March 2013. He was so happy and excited and didn't even know how to thank God for that wonderful achievement. Surely my colleque (Bra Sam-real name) will stop at nothing to preserve and protect his job since it took him a lot of hard work and patience to be where he is. He values it. So, for this 37 year old Senior Superintendent, easy come easy go. You'll never know what you have until you worked hard for it. Obviously this man's rank did not mean anything in his life more than sex did... You are an embarrassment to your connections and unfortunately you suppressed all efforts that are being made to bring back the positive image of this battered organisation...

      Donovan Hendricks - 2013-04-13 08:54

      Good comment and assesment of the facts master kay,this fool is indeed a cadre employee,I seriously doubt if he passed matric and have a valid drivers liscense,thanks to the cANCer this country is indeed going to the dogs!!

      Pheello Maleleka - 2013-04-13 09:39

      Brilliant comment.

      Samuel Montshioagae - 2013-04-13 12:09

      Master as a cop myself I share your sentiments,this piece you wrote brought tears into my eyes!we fighting tooth n nail to see Saps improving while there r morons who careless.

  • Boikanyo Elton Mokgatle - 2013-04-13 08:49

    Eish this thing of our police makes them MONSTERS to the society

  • AsGodIsMyWitness - 2013-04-13 09:07

    Happy to see justice served - but would like to see a model in South Africa where sentences to people in positions of power, who abused that power, for example police, judges etc, are much more severe than to ordinary folk. This is the model in the US, probably also in other countries. It sends a strong message that if you have power, we'll not let you abuse it.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-13 10:28

      Agreed; the penalties should be harsher for people in positions of trust who have a duty of care.

  • Ballycan Mashabane - 2013-04-13 09:14

    some of these officers makes you wonder how they deal with rape cases when they are rapists themselves!!!

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-13 09:40

    Another anc connected thug! These despots have no pride for the uniform!

      Democrazy - 2013-04-13 10:29

      They were/are both stupid - nats and anc! Which one are you related to?

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-04-13 15:15

      Kenny, you are correct, but I can count Jimmy Kruger, Mallan and say these were killers, or was killing showing competency, they robbed us of Steve Biko and many other leaders, maybe to you corruption is worse than murder, that do not mean that they were no hard working and honest policemen even during those days, frustrated as they were by the system you still had good ones, we just need to identify rotten ones and deal with them harshly, we also need to complement the majority which are honest and hard working members of the force

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-04-13 09:46

    Good riddance!

  • Exsp Osure - 2013-04-13 10:00

    Bet you if you checked his history you will find that he was either a political or an AA appointee. With a good chance of being a former MK/SPU or something of that sort, and an even better chance that he was never qualified to be in that post.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-04-13 10:05

      Talking cr..p, nothing wrong with AA, the only thing that can be wrong is if it is not done correctly, where greed makes people to do fronting in private sector and where in government there is no assessment on competency acquired and then wrong appointments made, this case is one of a sick individual who should rot in jail, period

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-04-13 14:37

      AA was to fast track the learning, open doors to running of the business, mentor those with potential but were told they are only good as labourers. It worked to those who did it with honesty, it has nothing to do with the other race being intelligent, but with that race being on a position of power to choose who to succeed them and than skill them accordingly, making sure that choice is not as per pre 1994, but to people who still see themselves superior race they always view it the way you see it,

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-04-13 10:40

    Barbarian, he deserves to rot in jail.

  • Dehlia Fredericks - 2013-04-13 10:51

    dnt understand, thumbs down 4 the comments well written, guys where's r compassion?

  • Costa Feltsadas - 2013-04-13 11:14

    only in SA where you get to that rank at the age of 37.hope the bastard ends up in polsmoor but more likely in farmville KZN head off security

  • Zahir - 2013-04-13 12:44

    Cops engage in all types of crime adding to out of control crime rate and it geting worse

  • Mokeu Lesley - 2013-04-13 13:40

    He abused his power, now its payback time.

  • Fawzia Bayat - 2013-04-13 14:10

    My point to summarize; DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!! THE REEK EMANATING FROM SOUTH AFRICA is beyond any description!! people are fast becoming sub-human, worse than animals , in fact even animals have a better code of conduct.

  • Phumlane Mkhwanazi - 2013-04-13 15:09

    Headline... Senior cop convicted on rape charge and your first sentence a former senior cop which is which!!!!!!!!

  • Garth Baldwin - 2013-04-13 16:01

    sounds like he was just trying to follow in the footsteps of our great leader zuma

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-13 23:54

    He deserves to rot in jail.This is unacceptable.A senior police officer raping his colleague.

  • Just Me - 2013-06-02 18:40

    Now i hope he gets stripped and raped reputedly by his new inmates at the new hotel he'll be living in.

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