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Illegal immigrant, impersonating police sentenced to life imprisonment for rape

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday sentenced Mandolu Moyo, an illegal immigrant to life imprisonment for raping a woman in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg in 2017.

According to evidence in court, on April 28, 2017, Lerato Nkovolo was sleeping with her two-month-old baby when suspects posing as police officers knocked on the door, and when she opened it, she was hit on the head with a brick.

She fainted and woke up to find a man raping her and a second man raped her without a condom.

Nkovolo testified in court the attackers took her belongings, including smartphones and bank cards. She reported the incident and underwent a medical examination with DNA swabs taken.

The case remained unresolved until the accused was arrested in another rape case a month later.

This is after forensic laboratory received a buccal swab from the suspect; and the case triggered the crime kit presented in the unresolved case, which requested Sergeant Ramukhuvhathi to gather more confirmatory samples from the accused.

The results of the DNA testing confirm that the accused’s DNA was found on Nkobolo’s vaginal swabs.

The suspects were later charged with rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and violating the Immigration Act.

State Prosecutor Advocate Given Mbedzi,, asked the court to dismiss the accused’s claim that he was in a relationship with the complainant. He went on to say that the accused was on a destructive mission because he knew it was illegal in the country and therefore not easily traceable.

He added that Moyo terrorized women in their homes where they felt safe. He asked the court to take into account the complainant’s physical and psychological scars from when she was hit in the eye with a brick.

Phindi Mjonondwane, the Gauteng regional spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, said that the NPA takes a negative view of males who behave in a way that undermines the rights of women and children. “We commend Advocate Mbedzi and Seagent Ramukhuvhathi for ensuring that the matter of Nkobolo is resolved,” Mjonondwane said.

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