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By unknown | Jan 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba and Tebogo Monama

Sibongile Mashaba and Tebogo Monama

A Mofolo North, Soweto, mother's life of fear is finally over.

This comes after police rearrested the man accused of raping her six-year-old daughter.

Police had been searching for the self-confessed rapist, Paul Mokgomane Mofokeng, 26, for over two months.

Mofokeng was arrested in Pretoria after he was found with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on January 5.

Mofokeng confessed to kidnapping and raping the six-year-old girl in August.

He said in his confession: "I admit to having committed the crimes."

He escaped from the Protea magistrate's court on November 14 - allegedly with the help of the police - after his case was postponed for a high court date.

The mother said: "When the investigating officer called me, I could not believe my ears. I am so happy that they have finally rearrested him. I just hope he does not escape again".

Mofokeng appeared at Pretoria Central magistrate's court on January 14 on a charge of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

The case was postponed to next week. After his appearance next week, a requisition would be made for him to appear at Protea magistrate's court later in the month for kidnap and rape.

He will also face a charge of escaping from police custody.

Police spokesman Inspector Sanku Tsunke said: "Police did not know that he was a wanted man. After profiling him, that is when they realised he was wanted for kidnap and rape."

The girl was lured from her home on August 19, repeatedly raped for two days before being dropped off outside her home at about 3am on August 21.

Meanwhile, the two officers arrested in connection with Mofokeng's escape, are still under investigation.

The officers were arrested on November 15 and appeared in court the following day.

Charges against them were withdrawn.

Tsunke said though the two officers' criminal charges were withdrawn, an internal investigation was on-going.

The child is to undergo a womb operation at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital today.


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