The High Court in Polokwane has handed down a sentence to Motsepane Lolo Madigoe, a 40-year-old sexual predator, following his conviction on multiple charges of rape, assault, kidnapping, and housebreaking.
Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the spokesperson for the police in Limpopo, announced that Madigoe’s conviction and subsequent sentencing were the culmination of an extensive and painstaking investigation conducted by Sergeant Magaila Makopo, an investigating officer specializing in family violence, child, and sexual offences (FCS) within the Lebowakgomo division.
Sergeant Makopo’s unwavering dedication and commitment to safeguarding the vulnerable and defenseless members of the province led to Madigoe’s arrest in October 2020. Following his apprehension at his residence in Seleteng village, Capricorn District, he was effectively denied bail until his incarceration.
Sergeant Makopo, who played a pivotal role in bringing Madigoe to justice, stated, “I was determined to ensure that the perpetrator faced the consequences of his heinous crimes. The victims deserved justice, and I was committed to making sure they received it.”
Madigoe’s reign of terror unfolded in June 2015 when he unlawfully entered the residence of a 36-year-old Zimbabwean woman at Seleteng village, striking at approximately 1 a.m. In a horrifying ordeal, the Zimbabwean woman was subjected to sexual assault in the presence of her three minor children.
Reflecting on that traumatic night, the survivor recalled, “It was a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I feared for my life and the safety of my children.”
Another harrowing incident occurred on July 23, 2017, when a 74-year-old woman, reportedly the mother of an acquaintance of the accused, fell victim to an unexpected assault at the same village. Prior to the assault, the accused and the victim’s son had shared drinks at a local tavern.
After leaving the tavern, Madigoe proceeded to the friend’s residence, where he carried out the reprehensible act against the elderly woman before fleeing the scene, leaving the victim traumatized.
The survivor of this assault, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed relief at the verdict, stating, “I am grateful that justice has been served. This will help me find closure and healing.”
Madigoe persisted in committing additional heinous acts until his eventual apprehension. The breakthrough in the case came when a DNA analysis positively linked him to ten separate offenses, all of which were substantiated and not contested during the trial.
The sentencing of Motsepane Lolo Madigoe stands as a testament to the determination of law enforcement officials in the pursuit of justice and protection for victims of sexual violence.
It also serves as a stark reminder of the importance of holding perpetrators of such crimes accountable for their actions. The court’s verdict sends a powerful message that sexual predators will face severe consequences for their actions and that survivors will be supported on their path to healing.Email your news TIPS to Editor@kahawatungu.com or WhatsApp +254707482874