Eastern Cape police arrested a 31-year-old man who is believed to be a pastor for an alleged rape incident which took place in September 2021.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, police spokesperson, said the pastor was arrested in Sugarbush, Mount Ayliff on Saturday.
“The information suggests that the victim was at home with young children during the day, when the alleged pastor of the local church arrived asking for the parents. The report further indicates that he left and returned again in the evening and stayed until late when other children had gone to sleep,” said Kinana.
The pastor allegedly grabbed the 16-year-old girl and raped her while the other children were asleep. The incident happened in September 2021, but the victim did not report the incident at the time. Investigations into the rape incident are underway and the 31-year-old man has been arrested and charged for rape.
According to the police, the arrest of the pastor comes as a result of ongoing investigations. The suspect is expected to appear at the Mount Ayliff Magistrates Court on Monday 25 April to face a charge of rape.
“The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene has hailed the sterling work and commitment of the police in Mount Ayliff, for their unwavering determination to eliminate the culture of Gender Based Violence in the Alfred Nzo District,” said Kinana.
Source: IOL, The South African, image from IOL