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South Africa man allegedly holds family captive for 'years': Report

Published on May 28, 2014 1:03 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A South African man has been arrested for allegedly holding captive and abusing his wife and five children for more than a decade, a media report said on Tuesday.

Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld reported the children - who were tortured with an electric cable and blowtorch - never left the house and have never been to school.

The paper claimed he allegedly kept his wife as a sex slave.

Police confirmed they detained the 36-year-old on Friday for the suspected abuse of five children aged between two and 16 years.

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