Headline News
05 July 2019

North West – Two men were handed long jail sentences by the Zeerust Regional Court, which convicted them of rape and murder in separate and unrelated incidents. 

On Friday 21 June, the court sentenced Othusitse Ernest Seleka to 45 years behind bars after the state successfully proved he raped two women in 2014. Othusitse, who is 26-years old, was also found guilty of attempting to rape a woman in 2015.  

Investigations by warrant officer Hein Rabe from the Police Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Lehurutshe proved how Othusitse raped a 17-year-old woman in Motswedi Village. After befriending the woman, he volunteered to walk her home. Along the way, he forced her into a dry riverbed, threatened her with a knife and raped her.  

His second attempt to rape her was foiled by two boys who were passing through the area. The suspect was arrested that same day. 

In the second incident, Othusitse broke into a house located in the same village on Sunday 28 December 2014 but failed to rape a 64-year old woman, who screamed and alerted her son after spotting the intruder. 

In the third incident, which occurred on Friday 13 November 2015, Othusitse repeatedly raped a 16-year old girl for more than six hours in a dry riverbed. 

The same court also sentenced Rapula Mothibedi to 40 years behind bars on Tuesday 25 June 2019 after he was convicted of rape and murder. 

Evidence gathered by warrant officer Kgomotso Mogadime from the Groot Marico Detectives unit proved that sometime in 2018, Rapula raped and strangled an 18-year old woman to death at Reboile location.  

“The woman was visiting her boyfriend in an area where the suspect also stayed in a shack behind the main house,” police spokesperson colonel Adéle Myburgh said. “The accused took the victim, who was alone at home, to his shack during the day, then raped and strangled her to death,” she added.

The suspect attempted to conceal the crime by hiding the body. However, investigations led the police to an area with thick shrubbery near the N4 road where they discovered the body on Sunday 2 September 2018. 

Rapula was arrested shortly after the discovery of the body.

Warrant officer Hein Rabe.
Warrant officer Kgomotso Mogadime. 


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