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Mpumalanga Division of the High Court in Mbombela sentenced 40 year old, Hendrick Nicholas Hanse van Reinsburg to two life sentences for rape and murder on Tuesday June 22.

The provincial spokesperson for the police Selvy Mohlala, on October 13 2019, Andiswa Zitha, who was 20-year-old then suffered violence which was perpetuated by Van Reinsburg.

“The accused raped her using a wooden object spoon before he fled the scene, leaving her in a pool of blood at Mjejane near Komatipoort. Zitha was found by neighbours who took her to Tonga Hospital but she was unfortunately certified dead the next day on 14 October 2019.

A murder case with an additional charge of rape and the matter was investigated by the police at Komatipoort. The members worked tirelessly in their investigation with the hope to find the perpetrator. Their hard work paid off when they arrested the accused at a tavern in Kamhlushwa on October 20 2021,” he said.

Mohlala also said the accused was charged and taken to court where he was convicted and sentenced to 1 life sentence for rape as well as another life sentence for murder. The court also ordered for the sentences to run concurrently. The accused was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The provincial commissioner of the police  Lt Gen Semakaleng  Manamela, has welcomed the sentence and appreciated the exceptional work done by the good Samaritans who took the victim to hospital, the investigation team, the Prosecution team, as well as the Judiciary which resulted in the commendable sentence. “It is unfortunate to have lost a life of a young girl in this manner. We also hope that the sentence will serve as a deterrence to others who might consider emulating the actions of the accused” said the General.