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Limpopo Village Shaken by Shocking 'Prophet' Arrest for Double Rape and Murder

Published December 30, 2023
7 months ago

The community of Silver Oaks village in Limpopo is still reeling from a gruesome discovery that led to the apprehension of a man proclaiming himself to be a prophet. The suspect, 35, faces allegations of both murder and rape following an investigation spurred by a distressing crime scene near Willows Clinic on Saturday morning.

Upon arriving at the location, police found a 37-year-old woman suffering from severe stab wounds on her neck. Despite her critical condition, she managed to convey to her sister that she and her daughter had been attacked by the man — a self-professed prophet. Tragically, the woman’s 20-year-old daughter did not survive the ordeal; her lifeless body was discovered in the sitting room, partially undressed, bearing a fatal stab wound, alongside evidence suggesting she had been sexually assaulted.

The police's grim findings did not end there. A five-year-old boy, the younger sibling of the deceased, was discovered tape-bound within his room. No physical harm was reported, but the emotional and psychological scars will likely be profound.

It was revealed that the woman had sought the counsel of the alleged prophet due to his claimed spiritual capabilities. However, what transpired in that fateful consultation will now become a matter for the courts to decipher.

In a swift response, Limpopo authorities launched a preliminary investigation that led to the pursuit of the supposed prophet. Initially, the trail led to his girlfriend's residence in The Oaks village, where he was not found. Persistence in their endeavor enabled the police to eventually track him down to a hiking spot along the road. Here, he was apprehended without incident and taken to the Hoedspruit police station for detention.

The said motive behind this heart-wrenching act remains shrouded in mystery, as further investigations progress.

The upcoming court appearance of the alleged prophet at the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s Court looms as a day of reckoning — not only for the accused but also for a community devastated by a profound betrayal of trust.

Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, the Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, praised the efficiency and promptness of the police force in netting the suspect. Hadebe highlighted the imperative that those preying on vulnerable segments of society, particularly women and children, must face the full might of the law, regardless of their alleged social or religious standings.

As the story unfolds, readers can stay apprised of updates by following news channels and subscribing to notification services, ensuring that they don’t miss any critical developments.

The incident has once again sparked conversations around the safety of women and children in rural communities, the misuse of supposed spiritual authority, and the need for vigilance against the facade of criminal activity lurking behind religious or societal roles.

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