The Limpopo High Court has sentenced a 50-year-old Limpopo pastor; Maphakele Reuben Phathakge, to 10 years imprisonment for killing his girlfriend in February.
The young woman was shot and killed by the clergyman when she called the latter a bad blesser for refusing to pay her a television.
The incidence took place in the woman’s home in Greenside Phokoane village in the Sekhukhune district; two days before Valentine Day.
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The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed the development on Wednesday. The organization’s spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said:
“The deceased started by insulting him for not being a good blesser. The deceased further mentioned that the accused was not a real man. He said he lost his temper and shot the deceased in the head.”
Reports had it that when Maphakele Reuben Phathakge couldn’t revive the young woman, he simply handed himself to the police. He also pleaded guilty when he appeared before Judge Nare Frans Kgomo on Tuesday.
In South Africa, a blesser is an older man or woman who gives a younger woman or man money or gifts in exchange for sex. These blessers have been accused of misleading innocent young girls; who often end up getting infected or pregnant.
Apart from Reach for a Dream – a programme sponsored by the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief; the Nike Foundation; Global Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are also organizations that have risen to contend with ‘blessers’ across the country – whose influences have left many young girls devastated.
In June, President Zuma re-emphasized the need to protect young South African women from being preyed on by blessers moving around in most parts of the country.
He made the call while speaking at the 2016 Youth Day celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. He further disclosed that government will soon launch a campaign targeting young South African women to educate them on such practices.