'Sangoma' on the run after rape
A SELF-PROCLAIMED sangoma is on the run after he allegedly raped and attacked an unsuspecting woman who was seeking help from him
The alleged incident happened on Friday in the mountains near GaMphahlele, outside Polokwane.
Lebowakgomo police spokesman Captain Mamphaswa Seabi said the victim had been admitted to a local hospital where she was receiving treatment.
He said the 50-year-old woman had called a radio station after her child went missing last week, looking for help. The woman gave out her contact numbers.
Seabi said the woman was contacted by the "sangoma", who claimed he could assist her in finding her child.
Seabi said an arrangement was made for the two to meet at Mashite village. "The victim travelled from Makurung village to go and meet with the alleged sangoma in Mashite on Friday. The two apparently met in the bushes," said Seabi.
He said it was at about 5pm when the man took the woman to the banks of the Lepelle River to perform "rituals" that would help her find the missing child.
"The woman told us that the man advised her that the rituals would work when the two had undressed.
"She complied and the man started burning some chicken feathers, claiming they would help find the missing child," he said.
Seabi said the man, who is in his late 30s, then told the woman to come with him to the mountains where he started collecting firewood. He made a fire because it was cold on top of the mountains.
"The man allegedly started raping the woman repeatedly throughout the whole night."
In the morning the woman started fighting with the man, resulting in the rapist hitting her with a stone on the head.
The man then fled.
After recovering, the woman reported her ordeal to the police, who launched a manhunt.
"We want to advise people, especially women, to be careful and not to fall for scams such as these where they would be vulnerable to rapes and attacks from people they did not even know."
Seabi said the woman did not know who her attacker was and where he lived.
"People should refrain from engaging in whatever arrangement, be it business or otherwise, with strangers," he said.
Seabi is appealing to anyone with information to alert the police.