A 50-year-old teacher in Limpopo has been arrested for having allegedly raped one of his students, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province has said.

The man was arrested on Friday, 14 May 2021, approximately three years since the incidents are alleged to have occurred.

The teacher is set to make an appearance in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Monday 17 May 2021, facing three counts of rape. Police have said that for now, investigations into the matter are continuing.

Police: Limpopo teacher offered pupil money to keep quiet about rape

According to police, the teacher not only offered the young woman money, but at some point, threatened to harm her, if she ever spoke out about the rape incidents.

“It is alleged that the suspect raped the victim who was in grade 12 on several occasions during 2018. In one of the incidents, he reportedly offered to assist her with extra lessons but instead took her to a lodge where he allegedly raped her. He thereafter threatened the child and then offered her money to keep her silent,” said SAPS Limpopo spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

According to Mojapelo, the suspect is a teacher at a local school in Sibasa, Thohoyandou.

They were able to get the ball rolling on the case after the woman decided to file rape charges against her former teacher in April.

“The victim eventually opened a case of rape last month, in April at the Thohoyandou police station. Members of the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) immediately took over the case and after a lengthy investigation, the suspect was then arrested”

SAPS Limpopo spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo

“The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Monica Hadebe has strongly condemned these acts of criminality perpetrated against children, especially by people who are expected to play a secondary parental role in the upbringing of a child, said Lieutenant General Hadebe,” Mojapelo has further said.

The South African