A PROPHET accused of raping his friend’s wife denied any wrongdoing and claimed he was in a romantic relationship with the woman.Hendrick Maholobela (31), from Boelang Village in Mpumalanga, pleaded not guilty to rape when he appeared in the Mhala Regional Court yesterday.“We were having an affair and went to pray at a river. When we got there she started kissing me and we forgot what we were supposed to do,” he said.The incident happened in November 2016 when the accused allegedly told the victim it had been revealed to him in a vision that they should pray at the river.But the 38-year-old woman told the court the prophet lied to her about receiving visions.“He instructed me to bring along some tea and cocoa powder and I trusted him because he was a prophet. But he shocked me when he started touching my bum and undressing me. We wrestled but he overpowered me,” she said.Magistrate Elmarie Theron postponed the trial to 6 May.
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