10 years for rapist

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka

"Please, behave well my son, I love you," a mother told her son as she bid him goodbye in court. The son, Tebello Mophuting, was to begin a 10-year jail term for raping his ex-lover.

Earlier in the day at Vanderbijlpark magistrates' court, Mophuting, 25, was convicted of raping his 19-year-old former girlfriend.

Yesterday his case was transferred to the Vereeniging circuit court for sentencing. On October 31 2005, Mophuting repeatedly raped the young woman after she had ended their relationship. He first raped her at a church in Sharpeville and then again at his house.

On another occasion, Mophuting had dragged the woman from the street to his house, and assaulted and raped her. But when he took the witness stand, he asked his former lover for forgiveness.

Judge Zukiswa Tshiqi said Mophuting had no respect for women.

Tshiqi said: "Simply because you refused to accept the fact that she had ended your relationship, you then decided to rape her."

The complainant had earlier obtained a protection order against Mophuting before the rape ordeal.

The judge said Mophuting could have tried to persuade his former girlfriend to take him back in a respectable manner.