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AN APOSTLE WITH HIS ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE BUST FOR SEXUAL MOLESTATION: EASTERN CAPE
2021/11/15      |  Written By:  Colonel K Mogale   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

UPDATE: APOSTLE AND ACCOMPLICE APPEAR IN COURT

EASTERN CAPE: - Lonwabo Tede (52) and Vuyolethu Namba (37) appeared in the Zwelitsha Magistrates' Court today facing charges of trafficking in persons, molestation and forced hard labour.

The pair was arrested in the early hours of Saturday, 13 November 2021 following a Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation which began in September last year into sexual abuse of vulnerable people, allegedly trafficked from different areas at Tede’s church.

Thus far, seven victims who are males and females have come forward to lay charges.  These victims came through the church between 2005 and 2020. The pair’s case was postponed to the 25 November 2021 to enable them to solicit representation and for further investigation.

EASTERN CAPE - Two suspects aged 37 and 52 were arrested on 13 November 2021. They will be charged with trafficking in persons and will appear in the Zwelisha Magistrates' Court on Monday, 15 November 2021.

 


Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation team received complaints in September last year about sexual abuse of vulnerable people, allegedly trafficked from different areas. 

The investigation was conducted. It is alleged that sick and poverty-stricken women were brought into the church mission house as if they will be assisted instead they were sexually assaulted. The apostle (52) and his female accomplice (37) were arrested.

The investigation to thwart and apprehend the suspected syndicate is ongoing.