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CRIME WATCH – 26-06-18


A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 18-years imprisonment in the Kimberley High Court for murder and attempted rape. Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock says the accused – Joseph Matebesi and his friend accosted two ladies at a Hartswater tavern armed with knives where he stabbed the victim Kesholohetse Nogaganyane and attempted to aid his friend in the rape of the other victim. “Two sisters were walking from tavern to home when they were followed by the accused and a friend. The accused accosted the women and dragged them in different directions. The deceased refused to go to the tavern with the accused but he forcefully dragged her by the arm. The deceased screamed for help and caught the attention of a crowd. The accused then panicked and proceeded to stab the deceased. The victim attempted to flee but fell and succumbed to her injuries. Matebesi then ran to his friend and aided him by attempting to rape the friend of the deceased.“ The case of attempted rape and robbery against the other accused will be continuing in the Hartswater Regional Court soon.


The Northern Cape SAPS Trio Crime are investigating a case of hijacking, armed robbery and kidnapping that took place in Roodepan. It is alleged that 3 male suspects, aged between 29 and 34 drove off with the victim from the Roodepan Sewerage Farm and abandoned him in a veld between Windsorton and Barkly West. Spokesperson Sergio Kock says “the suspects tied the victim to a tree, assaulted and threatened him with a knife and a toy gun. The suspects then allegedly robbed his cell phone, bank card, an undisclosed amount of cash and fled his White Colt bakkie. The adult male victim managed to untie himself and he was picked up by a passing vehicle that took him to the Barkly West Police Station.” Minutes later the Flying Squad noticed the car exiting a petrol station close to Warrenton. Police managed to chase down the vehicle and arrested the suspects.


Police in Pabalello followed up on information regarding copper theft which led to them to a house in Bellona Street where they confiscated copper with an estimated value of R 242 000. Six male suspects aged between 32 and 49 were seen offloading copper from a bakkie and are facing charges of possession of stolen goods. after police raided their home where they were caught peeling copper.



Police in Delportshoop are in pursuit of a man who robbed the victim a cellphone at gun point in January 2018 at about 23:45.The victim was allegedly walking home on the Rooikoppies main road  when four men came out of the veld and one of them came after the victim. The suspect allegedly took out the firearm, searched the victim, assaulted him and robbed the victim his cellphone and went back into the veld. Spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba says, “the suspect is a black African male, he was wearing a white cap, white t-shirt, black jean and he is light in complexion.” Police are requesting any person with the information that could assist the police to contact Detective Constable Kajane at 081 590 2154.


Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Risimati Peter Shivuri has welcomed the lengthy prison term handed to Moladiela Zacharia Tlhokwe for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in Warrenton. The 21-year-old has been sentenced to serve six life sentences concurrently for rape, seven years imprisonment for house breaking and eight months imprisonment for stolen cellphones. Police say the incident occurred on 22nd October 2016 at around 2 AM while the victim was still sleeping. Spokesperson Captain Sergion Kock says “the 14-year-old victim alleged that she was sleeping at her residence when she was woken up at around 02:00 by unknown  male person sitting on top of her. She fought with him but stopped when he pulled out a knife. It is alleged that the suspect ordered her to undress and raped her. He allegedly dragged the victim to other rooms and raped her several times, he then told her to wash herself and left with two cellphones.”

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