Lephalale Regional Court has on Wednesday sentenced a man for an effective life imprisonment for raping a mentally ill woman.
The court found Alpheus Lutolo (31) guilty of the attack which occurred five years ago.
Sentencing follows police investigation in which Lutolo dragged the mentally ill woman into the bush on August 2013, raped her before fleeing the scene.
The court had earlier during the trial heard the accused was walking from the local tavern in the evening at 8pm when he met the victim walking alone in Shongwane village, Villa Nora outside Lephalale.
He forcibly dragged the woman into the nearby bush and sexually assaulted her.
Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said members of the community notified cops to the gruesome rape which led to the arrest of the suspect a month after the incident.
“Police investigations positively linked man to the crime and was in custody without bail until his sentencing in a court of law,” said Ngoepe.
Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Jim Ledwaba has welcomed this heavy jail term.
The General has also commended the Investigation team which handled the case from the Lephalale Cluster Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit.
“The incarceration of this hooligan will bring a relief to members of the community and the vulnerable groups throughout the Province the affected families of the victim because the accused will no longer associate with the entire society indefinitely,” added General Ledwaba