A man was sentenced to life in imprisonment for killing his friend’s niece in Soweto while on parole.
Jacob Mokibe, 39, was found guilty of kidnapping, rape, murder, and obstructing or defeating the administration of justice by the Johannesburg High Court.
“Based on the accused’s plea explanation, that he killed the minor because he had feelings for her mother, his previous convictions and that he committed these offences while on parole, the court ordered the accused be referred to Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital for a risk assessment to determine whether he could be declared a dangerous criminal, for purposes of sentencing,” National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said.
“The report compiled by the institution stated Mokibe demonstrated a high risk of reoffending and posed a danger to society.”
Mathlogonolo Maditse, 12, left home and went to school as normal on February 15, 2022. Mokibe waited for Maditse at the school gate in Dobsonville and called her to tell her that her family had gone to the bush to pray and that he would accompany her there.
She followed Mokibe since she considered him to be her uncle’s friend. He raped and strangled her when he arrived at a bushy part of Dube. He waited a while to ensure she was dead. Mokibe buried her body among the reeds.
He fled the scene and went to see a friend, where he used drugs and alcohol.
According to the NPA, Mokibe’s use of drugs and alcohol led to hypertension and he was admitted to Jabulani Hospital for treatment.
He was arrested in the hospital for violating his parole terms.
When he was apprehended, he confessed to killing Maditse and led police to where he hid her remains.
This was more than a month after her disappearance.