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Background and murders
In October 2009 Maake was released on parole from a 17-year sentence for rape. The following year he joined 1.5 million listeners to Clayson “TC” Monyela's show on Capricorn FM, which featured a lonely hearts slot where the public phoned in to arrange dates. Via the show he arranged to meet Catherine Morema, a 25-year-old retail worker from Senwabarwana. Maake met Morema in Mahwibidung village before robbing her in a deserted, bushy area and used a cloth to strangle her. Maake robbed her of a handbag containing money, a phone, and a bank card and left her corpse tied to a tree. This murder was in June.
The next was in September and was of Mahlako Millicent Rachuene, also 25 and from Lebowakgomo. The two again met at Mahwibidung and Maake robbed her, and forced her to call her family for ransom money. He bound her hands behind her back and strangled her, using her bank card to steal money from her account. She was also contacted via the radio show.
Tip-offs led police to Maake and he was arrested a few months later. He led police to the first victims, one was decomposing and the other was skeletal. He had their posessions. He received a life term for each murder, 15 years for each of three charges of kidnapping, and 15 years for each of three charges of robbery.