A 57-year-old pastor was arrested in Limpopo yesterday together with five members of his Church, aged between 24 and 59, for multiple crimes ranging from rape, fraud, assault GBH, concealment of death, kidnapping, extortion and theft.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, says the arrests come after several intense investigations were conducted by the police in the last several years.
Mojapelo, says the police started investigating these cases soon after receiving complaints from some of the congregants that the Pastor and his accomplices allegedly assaulted them severely during church services when they failed to make tithe offerings.
Others allegedly had to surrender their houses and cars and were told to stay within the church premises.
Other allegations include extortion of hard earned cash in millions, from pensioners who had just retired.
The said Pastor is also suspected of having raped girls as young as 14.
More than forty (40) cases of rape and assault are being investigated.
The police are also investigating the allegations that the deaths of certain congregants might have been concealed.