A black police officer, Mokolo Molekoa, 30, stationed in a suburb of Johannesburg drove around in mostly white areas, offering women lifts in his BMW, after which he would rape them. In some cases he would gang rape them with accomplices.
Yesterday Molekoa was found guilty omn 35 of 46 charges, including the rape of 16 women and girls. These charges included nine of kidnapping, seven of robbery, two of attempted robbery and one of theft.
In at least one case, as previously reported, the victim was unable to walk after being gang raped by the black policeman and fellow accused Ephraim Mazwi, 29, and Maphuthi Molokomme, 27.
Molekoa’s crimes took place between March 2011 and June 2012. In his testimony, the police officer claimed that the women had indicated their consent by getting into his car or that they had otherwise had relationships with him.
However, Judge Peter Mabuse of the Johannesburg High Court rejected this evidence, saying “it was highly unlikely”. It was also “most unlikely that any man would leave his girlfriend in the middle of a field or point a firearm at her”. He described Molekoa’s evidence as “unsupported fabrications”.
Mabuse acquitted Molekoa on the ten charges of kidnapping and one of rape, as he felt the state had not proven beyond reasonable doubt that the women had been forced to enter the policeman’s BMW.
The case has been postponed until 22 January when reports on the state of the victims will be heard by the judge.
The Star newspaper in Johannesburg compiled the following list of rapes in what it describes as “Molekoa’s reign of terror”:
March 7, 2011
Olifantsfontein: His first victim, a 28-year-old, is raped after he forces her into his car and steals her cellphone.
March 28, 2011
Midrand: A second victim, 19, and her friend, 18, are kidnapped and robbed in Midrand, and gang-raped by Molekoa and his two accomplices near the Waterval cemetery in Kempton Park.
April 3, 2011
Midrand: A fourth victim, 27, is kidnapped and robbed, then taken to the Waterval Cemetery and raped.
May 23, 2011
Olifantsfontein: A 26-year-old woman is robbed and raped near Leisure Lakes.
June 6, 2011
Olifantsfontein: Another woman, 27,is robbed, kidnapped and raped in an open field near Leisure Lakes.
June 19, 2011
Tembisa: Two girl cousins, aged 18 and 14, are kidnapped and raped. The14-year-old was allegedly raped by Molekoa while the 18-year-old was raped by his accomplice.
July 28, 2011
Randburg: A woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped in Northriding.
August 27, 2011
Randburg: A 20-year-old is raped in bushes near Klipfontein View.
Sep 15, 2011
Bramley View: Another woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped.
October 16, 2011
Kempton Park: A 37-year-old woman is kidnapped, robbed and raped.
January 29, 2012
Kempton Park: A woman, 22, is kidnapped at gunpoint before being robbed and raped.
May 6, 2012
Tembisa and Kempton Park: A 20-year-old is kidnapped, robbed and raped. On the same day, another victim, aged 29, is also kidnapped and raped.
June 17, 2012
Olifantsfontein: A 19-year-old is kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint and raped near Leisure Lakes.
June 30, 2012
Randburg: An 18-year-old is kidnapped in Randburg and raped in Bryanston.