Lichtenburg - Convicted rapist Lesego Tsatsimpe, 22, will spend many years in jail after he was sentenced in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court this week to life imprisonment, North West police said on Sunday.

The sentence followed a thorough investigation by the Lichtenburg family violence, child protection, and sexual offences unit (FCS), Lt-Col Adéle Myburgh said.

It was reported at the time of the incident that Tsatsimpe confronted the victim and her friend while they were on their way home from work on August 29, 2015 in Lichtenburg.

"The accused managed to catch the victim but her friend escaped. The victim was dragged next to a railway line where she was threatened with a knife and raped. The matter was reported to the police who traced and arrested the accused," Myburgh said.
 
North West police commissioner Lt-Gen Baile Motswenyane congratulated the investigation team on their hard work that led to the successful prosecution of the offender. Police would continue to work hard to ensure that gender-based violence accused languished in jail, she said.