Cape Town - The prominent young e.tv actor from TV soap Scandal! arrested in a sex den raid on Thursday by police in the East Rand will appear in court on Friday.
The 21-year old actor who appears in e.tv's most watched TV show produced by Ochre Moving Pictures luring 4.5 million viewers on weeknights, was arrested on Thursday during the brothel raid in Springs after a 25-year old woman managed to escape the sex den in Springs, east of Johannesburg, and fled to the police.
The woman who told police that she is fearing for her life, has since been taken to a place of safety.
Seventeen people - 11 women and six men ranging in age between 19 and 43 - were arrested and charged with sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Channel24 understands that police found a large number of condoms on the premises.
The group including the actor who can't yet be named, will appear in the Springs Magistrate's Court later on Friday, charged under the Sexual Offences Act.
Police recently did another brothel bust in the same area where five girls were freed after they were held as teenage sex slaves in what was disguised as a barber shop.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele told Channel24 on Friday morning that the escaped woman ran from the brothel to the police. "She pointed out the brothel and that's why the police went and raided the brothel."
According to Makhubele the preliminary police investigation identified the one person arrested as a TV actor in e.tv's Scandal!
e.tv in response to a media enquiry told Channel24 on Thursday evening that "e.tv is aware of the stories and speculation surrounding the arrest of an actor, but has received no further details at this stage".
"The channel will respectfully allow due process to take place," said Vasili Vass, e.tv's head of corporate affairs.