Pastor is bust for another rape
THE Limpopo pastor accused of raping a 14-year-old girl was re-arrested the same day he was released on bail.
Pastor Madidimalo James Thubakgale was arrested on Tuesday after another woman had laid a rape charge against him.
Thubakgale, 50, of the Deliverance Church of Christ in Seshego township near Polokwane, was arrested on New Year's Eve for the alleged rape of the minor. He was granted bail of R2000 after a recommendation by the investigating officer.
Thubakgale allegedly raped the victim several times between August and September last year, but the case against him was only opened in December.
Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed that Thubakgale had been rearrested after parents of an 18-year-old girl, whom he allegedly raped, also opened a case against him.
"I can confirm that we have rearrested the suspect, who had earlier been who was released on bail for the rape of a 14-year-old girl," Mulaudzi said.
He said this was after the parents, who live in Flora Park, Polokwane, had opened a case against the pastor for raping their daughter.
"The parents came forward to report that their daughter was raped by the same pastor between 2009 and 2010. Subsequent to that we rearrested the suspect," he said.
Mulaudzi said they would take action against the police officer who recommended bail for Thubakgale, saying their member had defied instructions.
"Provincial police commissioner Simon Mpembe has issued a stern instruction that investigating officers in all serious cases, including rape, must oppose bail," he said.
However, in this instance that instruction was not followed," he said.
Mulaudzi said they hoped taking action against their member for disobeying instructions would serve as a warning to all members that "instructions must be followed".
"Our job is to protect the victims," he added.
Thubakgale is expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court "soon" for the rape of the 18-year-old alleged victim.
The case of the 14-year-old girl was postponed to February 17.