A rape case against a 43-year-old church pastor of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has been postponed to December 15.
The case was postponed to allow the said pastor, who is being charged for rape to apply for formal bail.
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The pastor had appeared in the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court on Monday, December 12, for raping a sickly 18-year-old woman when he was conducting healing on her.
He allegedly raped the young woman in a shack in Ibika township in Butterworth, after he earlier assaulted her at a bridge in Butterworth last Wednesday – where he took her to wash her with traditional medicine for her illness.
At the shack, the pastor allegedly instructed the young woman to remove her dress.
“The pastor also took off his clothes. The victim was instructed to lie on the bed. She was then allegedly raped by the suspect,” police spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said.
After the incidence, the victim then reported the incidence to her sister, who subsequently opened at the Msobomvu police station.
The pastor was later arrested on Friday afternoon by the police.
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However, the brouhaha over the pastor’s real occupation left many wondering who he truly is. While the man insisted that he is a pastor at the ZCC, the church, on the other hand, denied knowing him.
The church told reporters that the 43-year-old couldn’t have been one of them because the last time a priest was appointed by its leader, Barnabas Lekganyane, was in 1998.
“In terms of the ZCC’s rules and regulations, only Bishop Dr. Lekganyane can ordain the priests. Candidates have to be married adults with at least five years’ membership in good standing.
Judging by the suspect’s age, 43, he would have been 25 years [old] when Lekganyane last ordained priests,” the church maintained in a statement.
The case continues.