Mahikeng: North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has welcomed the sentencing of a 33-year old Thapelo Lucky Rababui who on Friday, 10 June was sentenced to 10 life terms behind bars, for 64 counts of crimes he committed during 2012 and 2014 around Mahikeng.
Premier Mahumapelo says the sentence handed down by the Mmabatho High Court should serve as a stern warning to offenders, especially the youth, that crime does not pay.
“This is yet another indication of the serious light in which the police and the judiciary take crime. We hope that this will send a strong message to offenders who continue to terrorise law abiding citizens, that they too will face the full might of the law”, warned Premier Mahumapelo.
Rababui’s offences range from robbery, rape, kidnapping, possession of unlicensed firearm, pointing of firearm, house robbery, malicious damage to property, to theft, possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of firearm, driving without licence, reckless and negligence driving, attempted murder and attempted rape.
According to the police, the accused’s modus operandi was to break into the victims’ houses, attack and rape women, with some of them being raped in front of their partners. Rababui was arrested in Mahikeng at the time of his involvement in an accident, driving a stolen vehicle.
Early this month, Premier Mahumapelo launched a Provincial 10-point campaign which calls for a united action in tackling the decaying moraland societal issues affecting people on daily basis, and this plan includes Safety, Security, Comfort, Corruption and Crime-free Society, as well as Women and Children Abuse Awareness Campaign.
In applauding the police for the thorough investigation which led to this sentence, Premier Mahumapelo urged them to remain focused and continue to do their work diligently. He further urges the community to unreservedly support the good work of the police, and avoid taking law into their hands.
It is expected that Rababui will later this year be back in court for other criminal acts he is accused to have committed, including murder.