76-year-old traditional healer arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl

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A traditional healer from the Northern Cape appeared in the Warrenton Magistrate Court yesterday (Monday, 11 January 2021) for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.

According to police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, the 76-year-old man was a traditional healer of the victim’s family.

He was also a mentor to the victim’s mother, assisting her through the process of becoming a traditional healer herself.

It is alleged that on two different occasions the suspect raped the victim whenever he visited their house to perform rituals.

The victim informed her mother of the incidents and a charge was laid at SAPS on Sunday. “The matter was reported to police on 10 January 2021 after the girl told her mother what has been happening,” said Mooi.

Mooi, added that the suspect will remain in custody until 20 January 2021 for a formal bail application.

Investigations into the matter is still ongoing.

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