Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, the Regional Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, has strongly condemned an incident in which suspects allegedly raped two women, ages 30 and 38, in a church before robbing the church’s musical instruments and the Pastor’s vehicle.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, a police spokesperson, said in a statement on Sunday that the incident occurred on Friday, March 18, 2022.
“Police at Mhala have since launched a manhunt for the three suspects who reportedly robbed the church of musical instruments as well as the Pastor’s car after raping the women at a church in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge,” Mohlala narrated.
According to the information, two females in a chamber at the church heard a gunshot outside at 23:00 on the said day. Then there came a knock on the door.
Three male, suspects who happened to be heavily armed with a weapon, are reported to have pushed the door open.
They then kept the women at gunpoint while they searched for the pastor. The accused then allegedly demanded money and raped the women.
The suspects also stole musical equipment from the church, valued at around R28 000, while driving the Pastor’s silver grey KIA Picato.
The robbed items were then taken by the suspects as they fled the area.
“Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Captain Dexter Ndlovu or call the Crime Stop number. Alternatively they can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.” the spokesperson included.