32-year-old ‘prophet’ charges with raping minors remains in custody

LIMPOPO – Police Spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe says the suspect was remanded in custody, with no bail, till 6 September for a formal bail application.

“He appeared before the Lenyenye Magistrate’s Court on five charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault,” he concluded.

Police investigations continue.


LIMPOPO – Police Spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe says the suspect was remanded in custody, with no bail, till 31 August for further investigations to take place.

“The suspect appeared before the Lenyenye Magistrates Court on Tuesday on five charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault,” he concluded.


LIMPOPO- According to Police Spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, the suspect is from Mariveni village near Nkowankowa, outside Tzaneen.

Ngoepe says the man is a pastor at the Prophet Ministry Church in Burgersdorp and Tlhabine villages.

“He appeared before the Lenyenye Magistrates Court, on four charges of rape and he was remanded in custody with no bail until the 29th August 2017 for bail application,” he concluded.


LIMPOPO – The Saps family violence, child protection and sexual offenses unit in Tzaneen arrested the self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ for raping four minors in the Maake policing area, outside Tzaneen.

Police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe says the four victims aged 12, 14, 14, and 16-years old respectively, were ushers in the suspect’s church in Burgersdorp, near Tzaneen.

“The suspect is a well-known pastor and has been calling himself a prophet since December 2016.”

Ngoepe says allegations suggest the pastor raped his victims inside the church on different dates.

“He would invite them one by one to come to the church for prayer and whilst praying, he would attack the victim and rape her,” Ngoepe explained.

The suspect will appear before the Lenyenye Magistrates Court soon on four rape charges.

Police investigations continue.

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