A 42-year-old pastor appeared before the Malamulele Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 11 December 2019, after he was arrested on Tuesday 10 December, for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl at his house in an attempt to rid her of evil spirits

The pastor is from the Mavambe Village in Malamule outside Giyani. The City of Giyani is in the Limpopo province and is located in the heart of the Limpopo bushveld. 

Details of the alleged rape 

The victim, who has apparently done so on several other occasions, visited her pastor’s home at around 14:00 on Tuesday.  

On arrival, she found him alone and was invited to his study. 

“The suspect claimed to have had visions where the victim would be attacked by evil spirits,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

The pastor then offered her a cold drink to “chase away the demons”. 

Immediately after consuming the drink, the girl allegedly felt drowsy and that’s when the suspect dragged her to the children’s bedroom and raped her.

A case of rape opened 

When the victim arrived home, she informed her parents and the matter was reported to the police. Limpopo police promptly responded and a case of rape was opened. 

“The suspect was arrested at his house shortly after the incident,” said Mojapelo.

Members of the community, especially parents and guardians, are advised and encouraged to strengthen child safety at all times to prevent or avoid these type of incidents from occurring.

The pastor, December Shiburi, will be remanded in custody until 18 December 2019 for further police investigations.

16 Days of Activism 

Limpopo provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the ongoing sexual violence perpetrated against women and children. 

Ledwaba said these incidents are still occurring frequently in some parts of the province. The nation observed the campaign 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children from 25 November until 10 December. Sadly, the 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her pastor on the day that the campaign came to an end.  

One day before the campaign on 24 November, a 19-year-old student by the name of Precious Ramabulana was raped and murdered in her own dorm room on the Ramokhopha Campus at Capricorn TVET College in Limpopo. Ramabulana suffered 52 stab wounds during the attack.

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Presh JM Reporter

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