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By unknown | Dec 14, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Former ANC chief whip Machike Thobejane, who has been convicted of raping a minor, will be sentenced next month.

Thobejane will learn his fate next month after he was found guilty of raping the 15-year-old daughter of a relative in March 2004.

The Lebowakgomo magistrates' court found him guilty on a charge of rape.

Thobejane had been taking the girl to her home at Apel in Sekhukhune in his car.

He is believed to have parked in the bushes near the area and raped the girl inside the vehicle.

Thobejane is alleged to have raped the girl and then threatened to kill her if she told anyone what had happened.

The matter only came to light in June 2004 when the girl found the courage to report it to the police after months of silence.

Thobejane was found guilty in the magistrates' court, but his sentencing was referred to the regional court after Thobejane appealed against his conviction.

The regional court then referred the matter to the high court, which is expected to sentence him on January 16.

Thobejane had been instrumental in investigating allegations of financial embezzlement against former roads and transport head, Ben Mehale.

Mehale was accused of misusing taxpayers' money to the tune of R25,5million during last year's international transport convention.

He is alleged to have used the cash without authorisation and has since been instructed to pay the full amount back before the end of February.


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