Pastor paid his victims R100 for the morning-after pill
An Ekhurhuleni pastor has been accused of raping two of his female congregants after luring them to his “private prayer sessions”.
The 32-year-old pastor from a church in Tsakani allegedly gave the young women, both aged 21, R100 each to buy morning-after pills to prevent them getting pregnant.
The two young women were allegedly told by the pastor that they needed private prayer sessions to fulfil them spiritually and to help unlock their blessings.
On both occasions, the pastor molested the victims before raping them without using protection.
One of the victims told reports she went into a state of shock when the pastor started touching her inappropriately.
“I froze, but he told me to relax and not be scared as he was undressing me,” she said.
“When he was done, he told me that I should not tell anyone about this as no one in the church would believe me over him.”
Out of fear, the victim didn’t tell anyone about her ordeal. However, when she heard that the pastor was violating other young women in the church, she felt compelled to speak up.
The pastor was finally arrested on Tuesday.
Tsakani police spokesperson, Seargant Lerato Mngomezulu confirmed that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday by the Springs Family Child and Sexual offences unit on two counts of rape.
“The suspect will appear at the Tsakani Magistrates’ Court soon,” she said.
Brian Sithole from One Strong Voice Foundation, a social group that fights GBV in Ekurhuleni, said they condemn acts of violence and rape in the community.
He said iIt has been proven that people trusted to be protectors of women and children are often accused of sexual violence.
“We call upon the law enforcement agencies to remove the perpetrators from the community and be taught a harsh lesson,” he said.
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