ACCUSED: Selemo

A 27-year-old man accused of torching his ex-girlfriend’s house whilst out on bail for her rape will learn his fate this week.

Semakaleng Selemo is said to have raped his 23-year-old former lover at Dikateng lands near Lentsweletau village on 10 May 2017.

Two weeks after he was arraigned and granted bail, Selemo allegedly set fire to the complainant’s hut, burning the humble home and everything inside to ashes.

Fortunately, his ex-lover escaped death as she was away in Mogoditshane at the time of the blaze.

Selemo has since been charged with arson, with the prosecutor- Assistant Superintendent Motshwari Mokamogo, telling The Voice he will be tried once investigations are complete.

In her testimony, the complainant’s 65-year-old mother claimed Selemo arrived at her place at around midnight, when she was asleep with her daughter.

“He dragged her outside the house. I tried to stop him but he pushed me aside and went away with my daughter,” she told court, adding her daughter only returned early the next morning.

“She told me Selemo raped her under a Motlopi tree. Her panty was undressed and she had soil and grass from the head and all over her back,” testified the old lady.

In his defence, Selemo claimed the complainant and her mother ‘hated’ him and accused them of conspiring against him.

After the state brought four witnesses, Selemo who had no witnesses, took unsworn evidence in which he maintained the complainant was his girlfriend but started acting ‘stubbornly’.

“She was cheating on me with a Zimbabwean man but she denied they are lovers. Then she reported to the police that she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with me. I even abandoned my own parents and did everything for her family every month,” lamented the suspected rapist.

According to Selemo, on the day of the alleged rape, he went to check the complainant but found her with her foreign lover.

“I told her to go with him. Then the following day I was arrested and charged with rape,” said Selemo, who has been remanded in custody ever since the fire.

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