‘Sangoma-Pastor’ Denied Bail After Rape Arrest

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Hlokomelo Mabogale |

A 33-year-old alleged pastor who is also calling himself a traditional healer, Lucas Happy Moretsele from Kutullo village in Limpopo has been denied bail by the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Moretsele was arrested on 08 November 2020 for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl who is a learner at one of the high schools in Sekhukhune. He wanted bail however, Magistrate denied him to get it and his case is postponed to 17 November 2020 for bail application and for further police investigations.

The victim  allegedly visited this pastor/traditional healer for consultation on 18 September 2020, and in the process, the suspect allegedly raped her. The victim became confused and terrified by the entire situation, realised at a later stage that she has been tricked and raped by the man she trusted to heal her.

The victim reported the rape allegations to the police on Saturday 07 November 2020 and a case of rape was opened.

The police’s initial investigations started and the suspect was traced and arrested on Sunday.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

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