Bolobedu Sangoma allegedly raped teen initiates telling her that he want to remove the evil spirits as she was bewitched.


By Staff Reporter

GA-MATIPANE-A 36-year-old male Traditional Healer was arrested in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old initiate tags-Matipane village outside Mokwakwaila in Greater Letaba.

It is alleged that the  Traditional Healer raped the initiate on Tuesday 12 September 2023.

According to reports, the incident took place at the residence of the Traditional Healer after he approached a 16-year-old initiate and requested to have sex with her to remove the evil spirits as she was bewitched.

The teenager did not consent to his request but the suspect seemingly forced himself and later raped her.

Afterwards, the victim went home and informed her mother about the ordeal and the matter was immediately reported to the Police

A rape case was opened and the Police’ commenced a massive manhunt of the Traditional Healer which resulted in his arrest while at his residence in Ga-Matipane village on Thursday 14 September 2023.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has commended the Mokwakwaila Police’ for a swift response to the apprehension.

“I am delighted about the arrest of the Traditional Healer who took advantage of a vulnerable victim who was supposed to be assisted, guided and protected by individuals like him, people who are trusted in the Society. Let the law take its course and people like him deserve to be permanently removed from society” Concluded  Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspect will appear before Bolobedu Magistrate Court on Monday 18 September 2023 facing a charge of rape.

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