Man sentenced to two life terms for the rape, murder of two minors

by frank Utonga

The High Court in Polokwane, Limpopo, has sentenced a 35-year-old man to two life terms for the rape and murder of two children near Marble Hall in the Sekhukhune district.

Charles Moswathupa pleaded guilty to the murder of three-year-old, Samson Sithole, in Koteng squatter camp in 2018.  He also admitted guilt in the rape and murder of six-year-old, Boitumelo Matsekolong, last year in Serageng village.

Moswathupa shared details of what happened when he murdered Sithole in a statement read in court. He says he had gambled his whole salary away and was drunk when he killed Sithole. Sithole’s body was discovered in the bushes at Koteng village with head injuries. He says he could not hand himself over to the police following that incident because he was ashamed.

One year later in 2019, Moswathupa says he lured six-year-old Matsekoleng to the bushes at Serageng Village, where he raped her and left her with severe injuries. She was found and taken to hospital where she died 12-days later.

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