A 35-year-old pastor, who was arrested on four counts of rape, will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court today. The suspect has a church in Richmond Farm, Ntuzuma, according to police reports.
Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said, “It is alleged that since 2015, the pastor had allegedly been preying on young girls raised by single parents, appearing to play a fatherly role to them.”
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One victim reported that she approached the suspect and asked him to pray for her after she had not been feeling well.
“The pastor prayed for her and then requested her to get into his vehicle and took her to his residence in Avoca where he raped her,” Col Mbhele further stated.
For the past three years, the victim remained silent about the heinous crime and only reported the rape at the Ntuzuma police station, this month.
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“Upon hearing that the suspect was allegedly raping young girls, angry members of the community damaged the church tent where he ministered and demanded that he not return to the area,” she concluded.
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