Police in Hoedspruit arrested a prophet after he allegedly committed two counts of murder and rape of a 37-year-old woman and her daughter. The incident took place at Silver Oaks village in the Maruleng Local Municipality, Limpopo.

The prophet allegedly committed the crimes in the early hours of Saturday morning, 30 December at around 00:18.

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According to preliminary information, the police were notified of a murder from Willows Clinic. They quickly rushed there and upon arrival, they found a 37-year-old woman with stab wounds on the neck.

The information suggests that the sister to the deceased told police that her sister told her before she died that she was stabbed together with her daughter by a 35-year-old suspect who is also alleged to be a prophet. The daughter of the deceased [20]was also found in the sitting room half naked with a stab wound on the neck with a sign of being raped and was certified dead as well.

Upon searching the house, the deceased’s five-year-old younger brother was found tied with tape in his room.

A preliminary investigation was conducted, resulting in the suspect being traced at his girlfriend’s place in the Oaks. Unfortunately, he was not found at the time but was tracked successfully at the hiking spot along the road.

A Hoedspruit prophet arrested for the murder and rape
Maruleng Municipality

He was then arrested swiftly and detained at Hoedspruit police station. The motive behind the killing is unknown at this stage. However, it is alleged that the 37-year-old woman used to consult at the suspect since he was practising as a prophet.


Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the swift apprehension of the suspect.

“We commend the police for reacting promptly to arrest the suspect masquerading as a Prophet. All these men tormenting and killing women in our respective spaces must be isolated and subjected to a Criminal Justice System.

“This will send a strong warning that anyone who torments women and children. Irrespective of their social standing in society, will be dealt with accordingly,” said Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe.

He is expected to appear at Hoedspruit Magistrates’ Court soon. He is facing charges of two counts of murder and rape.