Traditional healer arrested for raping a 30-year-old woman during steaming rituals


By Staff Reporter

ELDORADO VILLAGE: A 66-year-old traditional healer was arrested in connection with a rape of a 30-year-old woman who was one of his clients at Eldorado village under the Maleboho policing area on 12 April 2023.

According to the police report at this stage, the victim allegedly went to perform a spiritual healing at the suspect’s homestead when he asked his clients if there is anyone who need to perform a steaming ritual and she volunteered.

Reportedly, the victim went to the bedroom of the Pastor’s son wearing only a blanket and found the room covered with a cloud of smoke when the suspect emerged and started to rape her.

Afterwards, a 30-year-old victim left the room while wearing the suspect’s jacket but never reported the ordeal until she suffered a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with depression after she tried to commit suicide.

The victim was referred to a relevant facility for mental treatment until she subsequently opened up about the rape incident. The matter was reported to the local police on Thursday 15 June 2023 and transferred to Seshego FCS for further investigations.

Police’s swift reaction and meticulous efforts resulted in the suspect being apprehended yesterday on Sunday 18 June 2023 while at his residence at Eldorado village in Maleboho.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police  Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Team for their decisiveness in apprehending the suspect.

He is expected to appear before the Maleboho Periodical court tomorrow Tuesday 20 June 2023.

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