Pastor charged with third rape

2012-01-05 20:00
Johannesburg - A Limpopo pastor being held in custody in connection with the rape of two teenagers will appear in court in Seshego on Friday on a third rape charge, police said.

A 20-year-old woman, also from Seshego where the pastor was first accused, laid a charge with police on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old pastor was arrested at his home in Seshego on Tuesday for the alleged rape of a young woman, now aged 18, between 2009 and 2010. This followed his release on R2 000 bail on a rape charge involving a 14-year-old girl, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

He appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday for the second rape. He was being held in a Polokwane police station's cells.

Mulaudzi said more women were expected to come forward now that the silence around the pastor's alleged crimes had been broken.

"It's going to be tricky because we are moving him between two courts and there might have to be some agreement that all cases can be heard at one venue."

Mulaudzi said Seshego residents were angry. Several people had arrived outside the court waving placards and demanding justice.

"The suspect was surprised when the police arrived for the second time to arrest him," he said.

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