The Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga has postponed the case of rape against a 49-year-old man. The man has allegedly been assisted by his wife to rape two minors aged between 13 and 15 years old.

It is alleged that the couple forced the victims to have sexual intercourse with the man in exchange for meals. The suspects were arrested last Friday, after being reported by a concerned citizen.

The two suspects made a brief appearance in court. The man is said to be a senior government official in Gauteng.

It is reported that between 2019 and 2020, the two girls who are cousins, were lured from Mozambique by the man’s wife, who is their aunt. Instead of being given the better life and education promised to them, they were instead alleged to have been kept as slaves by the couple in Shatale.

According to police the aunt would often change the girls each at a time to sleep with her husband. She would allegedly often excuse herself from the bedroom and when the girls refused to obey, they would be severely assaulted and starved.

Police Spokesperson, Donald Mdhluli, says the girls have been taken to a place of safety.

“They informed a member of the public who informed the police hence their arrest and appearance before court, the girls are currently removed to a place of safety we are working together with the social development the girls are receiving all the medical assistance psychological assistance and ant assistance that they may need.”

The suspects are expected to make their next court appearance on Thursday, where they will apply for bail.

They are facing charges of rape, compelled rape and grievous bodily harm. More charges are expected to be added.  The girls were allegedly brought to the country illegally.