Mpumalanga student robbed by ‘false prophet’

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A case of robbery is under investigation after a woman was approached by a man who said he was a prophet, but ended up robbing her of her belongings in Witbank, Mpumalanga.

Witbank police investigative officer, Sergeant H.B Kolobe said the victim, Thandiwe Sibabela, was approached by a man who said he was a prophet last Thursday, but in the end ended up robbing her of her belongings, Witbank News reported.

“I was walking from class to the taxi ranks when an old man approached me asking me where a nearby orphanage was, I told him I didn’t know of any orphanage in the area,” said Sibabela.

“He told me he could tell me everything about my life, I told him I am not interested,” she said.

It is alleged, along the way, another man approached them and told Sibabela the prophet had helped him and that they could talk this through.

“Again I told them no I am not interested and tried to cross the street, the ‘prophet’ grabbed my hand, the other man drew a gun and demanded I hand over my wallet,” added Sibabela.

“There was no one in the vicinity so I couldn’t call for help, all I could do was stand idle as they walked off and disappeared,” she said.

Kolobe said police have since launched manhunt for the two suspects.

In a separate incident, police were looking for a man believed to be a bogus prophet after he allegedly raped a woman in Ivory Park, outside Midrand, Gauteng.

According to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Neldah Sekgobela, the 19-year-old victim had been walking in the area when she was approached by the man in February.

“[She] said the suspect first identified himself as a plain-clothed police officer, and later he said he was a prophet,” Sekgobela said.

The suspect allegedly prophesied things she had gone through, which the victim felt were true.

The suspect then reportedly told the victim he had to pray for her and lured her to a house along the street, where he could pray for her in private.

“The suspect convinced the victim to go to the toilet with him as it was private enough to pray in immediately. Once in the toilet, he raped her and then stole her belongings she had left in his car,” she said.

– Caxton News Service


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