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Traditional healer gets 10-year sentence for raping pregnant woman

A 27-year-old traditional healer was sentenced to ten years in prison by the Phokeng Regional Court in North West in 2019 for raping a pregnant lady.

On Friday, Ratang William Moitshodi was sentenced.

According to authorities, Moitshodi approached the victim, who was in Lefaragatlha hamlet with her sister, on January 26, 2019. At the time, she was eight months pregnant.

He identified himself as a prophet and informed the victim that he had forewarnings about her pregnancy and that she would miscarry.

He persuaded her to join him at his home, where they would perform a ritual to rescue the unborn child.

According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame, the mother accepted to the ceremony because she was afraid of losing her second child, which she had previously miscarried.

"They went to Moitshodi's residence, where he brought her outside to a room where he consults and performs rituals. He then placed a sangoma's cloth on the ground and directed the victim to strip off her clothes and lie down on her back, which she did "Mamothame stated.

Moitshodi then took some traditional medication and began massaging the victim's stomach. He went on to the victim's private areas not long after.

The woman testified in court that Moitshodi raped her after removing his pants.

She reported the incident to the authorities, and the suspect was apprehended on January 27, 2019.

"Attorney Matshidiso Molope urged the court to examine the accused's deception as it induced fear in a vulnerable woman who did not want to lose a child," the NPA stated.

Molope also requested the court to examine the victim's terrible experience, as well as the danger the accused put the baby in by acting irresponsibly towards a highly pregnant lady as a non-medical doctor.

"Magistrate Segakweng Moeng echoed the feelings of the State and hinted that the

"Magistrate Segakweng Moeng shared the State's sentiments and alluded to the fact that the criminal justice system has a responsibility to protect vulnerable women and children against the likes of Moitshodi," said Mamothame.


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