DNA evidence led to the conviction and sentencing of a rapist.
Lindani Ernest Piet, 27, was convicted of raping two women near Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein.
Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Martin Xuma said he was sentenced to 10 years for each rape on Monday.
Both rapes happened in 2011 – the first one involved a 20-year-old victim who was walking home from a local tavern with friends in the Thaba Nchu area.
“They were chased by the accused and he managed to catch the 20-year-old victim and raped her. The case was closed as the victim did not know who had raped her and no one was arrested”.
Then, eight months later in October 2011, a 23-year-old woman was attacked while walking home from a local tavern.
In that case, she was able to identify her rapist and Piet was arrested a few days later.
DNA samples sent to the Forensics Science Laboratory linked Piet to the first case.
The Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Jacob Tsumane had high praise for the investigating officer: “This is a clear indication that our justice system is working and we therefore appeal to women to be careful when walking alone at night as this puts their lives at risk.”