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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed the sentence of one life term each, handed down by the Atteridgeville Regional Court to Getwin Moloto (30) and Lebohang Makola (35) from Saulsville in Atteridgeville for rape. This is after the two were convicted of raping a 19-year-old lesbian.

NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana says in the evening of 16 December 2020, the victim was trying to open a gate at her house, coming from accompanying her partner. The two, including a third accomplice, grabbed her and carried her to a shack where they raped her. While Moloto was raping her, he kept on asking her why she was taking their women.

He says after the incident, the victim asked if she can use the toilet outside and they agreed but only allowed her to only wear pants. When she got to the door, she ran to her home three houses away and told her mother what had happened. The matter was reported to the police and the victim was taken to the Laudium Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) for medical examination.

Upon their return home, they found the victim’s underwear in the yard which was left at Moloto shack. Moloto was linked to the crime after he was identified by the victim since she recognised his voice when he was raping her. Moloto then did point out of his co-accused Makola.

Prosecutor Paulina Mochaka told the court that the offence was influenced by hatred towards her sexuality. The victim was a neighbour to Moloto, and he was supposed to be someone that protected young women in the community but chose to take advantage of them with his friends.

The DPP Adv. Sibongile Mzinyathi concluded by saying crimes that are influenced by hatred towards the LGBTQI+ community will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted.

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