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A LIMPOPO pastor has been arrested and charged with raping a minor in Phalaborwa.
The recent arrest brings the number of holly man arrested in the province recently to two.
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said the 52-year-old was arrested In Lulekani outside Phalaborwa for raping his 14-year-old half sister.
“It is alleged that the victim started living with the suspect and his wife since she was three years old following the death of her mother. The suspect who is a pastor at a local church, allegedly started raping the victim when she was 11 years old up to date until the victim reported the matter to the police who immediately started tracing the suspect and arrested him,” said Ngoepe.
The suspect is expected to appear at the Lulekani Magistrate Court on Monday (23 October) on charges of rape and sexual assault.
Ngoepe said another pastor aged 46 was arrested by the Police in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa. He briefly appeared before the Namakgale Magistrate Court and he was remanded in custody with no bail until his next appearance on 26 October.
“It is alleged that the suspect raped his 14 year old step daughter at a village near Namakgale Township following the gruesome discovery by the victim’s mother who immediately reported the ordeal to the Police which led to this arrest. The Police preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspect started raping the victim since February 2015 up to date. The Police investigations on both the two incidents are still continuing,” he said.