Church pastor in Mkhuhlu near Hazyview in Mpumalanga has been arrested after he allegedly tricked a minor into coming to the church by pretending he wanted to pray for her, but raped her instead.
Information within the disposal of News360 indicates that the accused pastor has a reputation of defiling members in his church, through deceitful means and overtures.
When the police arrived the scene, it turned out that the 28-year-old reportedly communicated with the minor on social media and asked her to come to the church, so that he could pray for her.
According to news24: “The girl then went to the church thinking she was going to be prayed for, but the man reportedly tried to rape her,” said provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
“The following week, in the same month (August), he reportedly called her again, this time, he raped her. It is alleged that he intimidated the young girl not to tell anyone.”
After the minor’s family found out about the alleged rape, they reported the matter to police. The accused was arrested on Wednesday and made his first appearance in the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
There are such similar cases of pastors using their position to entice and abuse gullible members who are desperate of help via prayers.
The case was postponed to October 11, 2018, for a formal bail application.
“The police at Calcutta are making an appeal to the community, particularly to members of the congregation who may have fallen prey to the suspect, to go to the police station and report because they believe that the minor might not be the first victim to go through this ordeal,” said Hlathi.
Some residents around the area have expressed displeasure over the fact that the accused pastor may be granted bail, despite what they termed a sacrilegious and sordid conduct, by one who is so respected and trusted with such level of confidence.