- Two men were slapped with life sentences for rape.
- The court sentenced Getwin Moloto and Lebohang Makola on Tuesday.
- The victim was dragged from her house and carried to Moloto's home, where she was raped.
The Atteridgeville Regional Court handed down life terms for two men convicted of rape.
Getwin Moloto, 30, and Lebohang Makola, 35, from Atteridgeville, were each sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 19-year-old lesbian.
The attack took place on 16 December 2020.
Moloto resided a few houses away from the victim.
The victim was trying to open a gate at her home when she was accosted by Moloto, Makola and another person.
She was carried to a shack, where she was raped.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said that, while Moloto raped her, he kept asking why she was taking their women.
"Makola asked the victim to be his girlfriend. After the ordeal, the victim asked if she could use the outside toilet, and they agreed, but only allowed her to wear her pants. She managed to flee to her home, situated [a few] houses away, and related her ordeal to her mother."
Mahanjana said a case of rape was reported to the police. The victim was taken for a medical examination.
"The victim's underwear was found in Moloto's yard. Moloto was linked to the crime after the victim identified him. He later pointed out Makola as his co-accused."
Mahanjana said the prosecutor, Paulina Mochaka, told the court that hatred towards the victim's sexuality influenced the offence.
"Mochaka said the victim and Moloto were neighbours. He was expected to protect her, but chose to take advantage of her with his friends. Mochaka then asked the court to impose the prescribed minimum sentence.
"The Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, warned that crimes influenced by hatred towards the LGBTQI+ community will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted.
"Mzinyathi thanked the work done by the court preparation officer, Kopano Motshwane, who ensured that the victim was fit to testify in court," said Mahanjana.
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