Mob beats suspected rapist to death

Mob beats suspected rapist to death

MAFETENG – A mob in rural Mafeteng allegedly lynched a suspected rapist to death while police watched.
The Ha-Marake villagers had accused Makhobo Marake, 68, of raping a 14-year-old girl. It is alleged that Marake had lured the girl to his house with promises of maize-meal.
The girl whose name cannot be published for ethical reasons is an orphan who is said to be living on handouts from neighbours.

Marake, a farmer, is alleged to have dragged the girl into his bedroom and raped her. She reported the incident to neighbours she met as she hobbled back home.
She had bloodstains on her underclothes. A mob quickly formed and confronted Marake.
Eyewitnesses said the villagers stripped Marake and started beating him.

A villager said women were leading the beating, particularly targeting his private parts.
Another villager said when the police arrived they asked if the community “ba ntšitse mokubeloana” (had beaten him up).
The community said yes but the police said they should pummel him again. And so the beating continued as police officers stood by.

The villagers said the police then ordered people to load Marake onto the back of the van. He said after driving a few metres it was discovered that Marake was no longer breathing.
He was then taken to the mortuary.

thepost has learnt that there are some people who were called for questioning last Wednesday in connection with the death of Marake.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed the incident but denied allegations that the police encouraged the villagers to beat Marake.
He said no arrests have been made as investigations are still continuing.

Staff Reporter

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