Second South African Pastor to be arrested this week.
A case of rape against a dental surgeon who is also a pastor of a local church in Mhluzi, near Middleburg, will resume in the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
He was arrested for allegedly raping 11 girls, aged between 11 and 15, all members of his church.
The doctor, whose name is being withheld by police, was remanded in custody since his arrest two weeks ago for further investigations to take place.
In addition, the doctor is facing charges of attempted murder, assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm, damage to property, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
He was arrested with three alleged accomplices. They were accused of assaulting and forcing people to sign up as church members.
The doctor and his co-accused, who are also in custody, will appear with him tomorrow.
Provincial police spokesperson Sgt Gerald Sedibe said the doctor and his co-accused have been charged with assaulting a group of people and forced them to sign up as church members.
After police investigation, 11 charges of rape were laid against the doctor by the young girls, also church members.
“The doctor was also charged with an extra count of rape after police investigation revealed that 11 cases of rape were laid against him by 11 teenage girls, who are his church members.
“The suspects were all remanded in custody, including the extra charge of rape against the doctor,” said Sedibe.