Cape Town – A Northern Cape man was sentenced to three life terms at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court for the rape of three school girls.
The victims aged 11, 12 and 14 were allegedly raped by Jason Obakeng Witbooi, 28, in November 2016, police said.
The girls were allegedly playing on a veld next to their school when they were threatened and raped by the accused who then fled the scene, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Sergio Kock in a statement.
“The scene was fine combed and evidence was collected by the SAPS Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management unit which was sent for forensic testing. The suspect was positively identified through DNA linkages and arrested on 04 October 2020,” said Kock.
Witbooi remained in custody up until he was handed down three life sentences for rape on January 31, 2023 in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court, said Kock.
Jason Witbooi was no stranger to the courts after it was heard that he had five previous convictions, reported IOL.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Mojalefa Senokoatsane, Witbooi was convicted on three counts of rape in 2016 and two counts of housebreaking in 2018, the report said.
Senokoatsane said the conviction and sentence confirmed the commitment of the NPA in the fight against gender-based violence, the report said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe