ON THE RUN IS TURNED IN BY HIS OWN SANGOMA
After being on the run from police for two months, a suspected serial rapist was finally caught when he was turned in by his own sangoma.
Mikovhe Makhavhu was accused of duping unsuspecting women on Facebook into believing he was a prophet before raping them.
He could not believe his ears when the Krugersdorp magistrates’ court withdrew the charges he was facing.
After being released, Makhavhu went on the run and for the last two months, police have been engaged in a large scale manhunt to track him down.
But his freedom was short-lived and his luck ran out on Saturday when he visited a well-known traditional healer.
He had gone there seeking help from supernatural forces to make his charges disappear.
But the traditional healer knew about the atrocities he is alleged to have committed. Instead of helping him, she stalled, telling him that his problems were of such a nature that she needed time to perform the rituals.
Meanwhile the traditional healer was calling the police.
The 32-year-old fugitive from Phiphidi was arrested at the house and faces five counts of rape.
For two years the man is alleged to have preyed on unsuspecting women who believed he was a prophet and who turned to him with their marital problems.
The man created a Facebook page claiming to be a prophet, and managed to attract more than 100,000 followers – mainly from Venda in Limpopo.
The account, in the name of Elma Mutavhatsindi Wa Duthuni, lured victims to secluded places where they were allegedly robbed and raped.
The account wreaked havoc in the district by naming people as witches and suggesting some prominent names were behind deaths in the area.
Makhavhu appeared at the Thohoyandou magistrate court today and he was remanded in custody. He is due to appear again on the 25 November 2021
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