Alleged serial rapist who posing as pastor arrested

An alleged serial rapist who posing lie a pastor has been captured by multi-agency police team comprising members of the Klerksdorp Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit and the Organised Crime Unit from the North West.

According to News24, Police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh said: “According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that a 27-year-old victim was befriended by the suspect via Facebook.

“They also had conversations on WhatsApp upon which the victim agreed to meet with the suspect in the evening on Saturday, 30 May 2020 at a grocery store in Klerksdorp.

“Allegedly, the suspect who pretended to be a pastor, met with the victim as agreed and ultimately took her to an open field behind the Technical High School. The victim was eventually threatened with a knife, raped and robbed of her personal belongings.”

Myburgh continued: “In another unrelated incident in Ventersdorp, a 29-year-old victim also met the suspect via Facebook. They allegedly arranged to meet in the afternoon on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at Boikhutso Village.

“Subsequently, the suspect allegedly took the victim to an open field where he threatened her with a knife and raped her. He also robbed the victim of her personal belongings.”

Myburgh said the police action was specifically to crack down on suspects who allegedly perpetrated “acts of violence against women”. The fake pastor, aged 30, was arrested on Friday.

She said the investigation into the matter continued, and police were investigating whether the alleged rapist had abused any other women.

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