Tzaneen - A general practitioner accused of raping a 17-year-old patient during a medical consultation at his surgery has appeared in court and been remanded in custody.
The 52-year-old doctor, who has a medical practice in a township in Tzaneen in Limpopo province, appeared briefly in the Nkowankowa Magistrate Court on Thursday on charges of raping a minor.
The doctor was arrested by Ritavi police on Tuesday. According to Limpopo police spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoape, this was after he was accused by a minor patient of having violated her during a consultation.
“It is alleged that on Monday (9 October) at about 4pm, a 17-year-old girl went to the suspect’s surgery in Nkowankowa Township for a consultation,” said Ngoepe.
“On arrival, she was called into the consultation room and the suspect started examining her and during the process, he is alleged to have raped her. The matter was later reported to the police, who reacted swiftly and started with their investigations. The suspect was arrested the next day.”