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Thabazimbi pastor in court on allegations of raping a minor

Last updated on June 25, 2019

Thabaz­im­bi pas­tor appeared in the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court on Mon­day.

Police arrest­ed Pas­tor Tapi­wa Jen­je (51) on Mon­day alleged­ly after rap­ing a 12-year-old girl.

The court did not ask him to plead and it post­poned the case to June 27, 2019, pend­ing fur­ther police inves­ti­ga­tions

It [court] remand­ed him into cus­tody.

Police Spokesper­son, Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe said Pas­tor Jen­je took the lit­tle girl from her unsus­pect­ing moth­er to a near­by riv­er with the pre­text he would heal her but raped her.

“The moth­er alleges the sus­pect land­ed at their home at 4:30 pm on Mon­day, June 17 for a prayer ses­sion and after­ward revealed to her the girl is sick. He fur­ther claims the girl ought to go with him to the clos­est riv­er to heal her,” said Ngoepe.

Police said the girl’s mom end­ed up stressed when the two did not return and informed her part­ner to search for them.

“The stunned father couldn’t believe his eyes when he sees his girl half-stripped, run­ning and shout­ing for help. The ter­ri­fied girl  at that point claimed the pas­tor sex­u­al­ly assault­ed her,” said Ngoepe

Police arrest­ed the sus­pect after the par­ents noti­fied them of the episode.

“We opened a rape case against the pas­tor,” said Ngoepe.

Limpopo Act­ing Provin­cial Police Com­mis­sion­er, Major Gen­er­al Jan Scheep­ers has on Mon­day con­demned with the strongest terms, the con­tin­u­ous acts of sex­u­al vio­lence per­pe­trat­ed against chil­dren.

“We urged par­ents to take care of their chil­dren and not aban­don them into the hands of strangers regard­less of their reli­gious beliefs.

This will help to avoid these sim­i­lar inci­dents to occur,” added Scheep­ers.

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