Limpopo pastor arrested for allegedly raping 16-year-old girl

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The victim was allegedly raped by two church pastors, but the second suspect has since disappeared.

Police in Giyani have arrested a 24-year-old local church pastor for raping a 16-year-old girl, reports Letaba Herald.

The victim, who is from a village outside Giyani, was allegedly raped by her two church pastors between October 2018 and February 2019.

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The incidents were reported to the police, who started with their initial investigations until the suspect was arrested.

The second suspect was identified, but he has since disappeared after realising that he is being sought by the police.

Colonel Ngoepe, Limpopo SAPS spokesperson, said: “The preliminary police investigations revealed that the two suspects have allegedly raped the victim in separate incidents on different days and at several places.”

The provincial commissioner of the Limpopo SAPS, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned the ongoing sexual offences acts perpetrated against women and children.

“Members of the community, especially parents, are advised and encouraged to strengthen child safety at all times to prevent or avoid this type of incident to occur,” said General Ledwaba.

The arrested suspect will appear before the Giyani Magistrate court on Friday.

The manhunt for the second suspect, who is in his thirties, is still underway.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of this suspect, may contact Colonel Chris Mabasa on 082 469 0739, the crime stop number 08600 10111, the crime line SMS 32211, or report to their nearest police station.

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