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South African rapist bags two life sentences for breaking into neighbour’s house, raped her, stole phone, killed her

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A High Court in Limpopo, South Africa, has sentenced a 38-year-old man, Mpho Simon Rafapa, to two life sentences after he was found guilty of rape and murder.

To go with the two life terms, Rafapa was also convicted of house-breaking and theft and sentenced to another five years imprisonment.

The Limpopo Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said Rafapa was convicted for breaking into his neighbours house, violently raped her, stole her phone and strangled her to death with a belt.

“Rafapa was sentenced by the Limpopo Division of the High Court on Friday, June 17, 2022, for cases of house-breaking and theft, rape and murder committed on October 13, 2021 in Sekgakgapeng, Khalanyoni village under Mahwelereng policing precinct,” Mojapelo told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.

“The trial court found that the accused and another suspect broke into his neighbour’s house and entered through the roof, raped a 26-year-old woman and thereafter strangled her with a belt. The suspects then took the victim’s cellphone and fled the scene,” he said.

Mojapelo said the slain woman’s body was discovered not long after the incident by another neighbour after the victim’s uncle pleaded with him to check on his niece.

“Police were called to the scene, and cases of burglary, murder, rape and theft were opened.

“The investigating officer Sergeant Prince Baloyi immediately started with investigations to trace the suspects responsible for these heinous crimes.

“His tireless efforts paid off when the victim’s neighbour and the other suspect were positively linked to the crimes and arrested within short space of time,” the police spokesman said.

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Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez, blames ‘Mafia’ for human trafficking after African migrants’ deaths at Morocco/Melilla border

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Spanish PM, Pedro Sanchez, blames ‘Mafia’ for human trafficking after African migrants deaths at Morocco/Melilla border

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, has blamed the death of over 20 African migrants at the Morocco/Melillah border while trying to cross to Europe, on a “Mafia” trafficking syndicate.

The incident which happened late on Friday, saw a violent and fatal border incursion on the Moroccan border with the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla, leading to the deaths and injury to scores of Spanish and Moroccan officers injured.

While speaking on the incursion at a press conference in Madrid on Saturday, Sanchez said:

“If there is a party responsible for everything that happened on the border, it is the mafias that traffic in human beings.

“It was an attack on the territorial integrity of our country.

“The tactics of migrants trying to get into Melilla have changed. Before now, they used to spread along the whole length of the fence. Now they concentrate on the part where they think it is weakest,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez who paid tribute to officers on both sides of the border for fighting off “a well-organised, violent assault,” called on more stringent measures to be taken to avoid a future occurrence.

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South Africa: Eskom announces ‘Stage 4’ power cuts

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South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom says it will continue with “Stage 4” power cuts until Wednesday.

The power rationing has been through 3 stages. The stage 3 was a level of a power cut on an eight-level system under which the utility implements a seven and a half hour rolling outage across the country. The stage was a five-hour rolling blackout.

The utility said in a statement said “it regrets to inform the public that Stage 4 load shedding is anticipated to continue from 05:00 on Monday morning until midnight at least until Wednesday.”

“This is due to unlawful and unprotected labour action at a number of power stations, which has caused delays in carrying out planned maintenance and repairs.”

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd is South Africa’s primary electricity supplier, generating approximately 90% of the electricity used in South Africa and approximately 30% of the electricity generated on the African continent.

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