‘Pastor belongs in jail’

2017-02-14 06:02
Lucinda Evans, founder of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project, comforts a victim. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Lucinda Evans, founder of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project, comforts a victim. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The founder of a women’s rights organisation has spoken out after a pastor allegedly sexually assaulted a Seawinds woman.

Muizenberg police spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp confirms that a case of sexual harassment is being investigated.

“The suspect has been released on bail. The suspect has appeared in court twice, with his last appearance last Tuesday,” says Knapp.

The pastor is expected to appear in court again today.

Lucinda Evans, founder of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project, says she is disgusted that the pastor accused of sexual assault is “roaming the street like a free man”.

“We see pastors as our protectors; people we can trust. It’s even worse when he is allowed to walk in the streets like nothing happened,” she says.

It is alleged that the man told a mother of two that if she had sex with him, her “problems would go away”.

The victim, who can’t be named to protect her identity, says her family trusted the ­accused.

“He has been close to the family for some time. When we had problems sometimes we called him to come pray with us and he did. We didn’t see anything wrong in calling him again when we needed another prayer because he knows us and he knows our family,” she says.

The 25-year-old woman says when he came to the house he asked about the rooms downstairs and upstairs.

“My mother was sitting downstairs and he said we must go upstairs. He was ‘sensing some heaviness’ coming from upstairs and if we didn’t deal with it it was also going to affect my children. He told my mother that she shouldn’t worry if she heard any sounds because it’s important for him and me to deal with the ‘attack’,” she says.

Once upstairs, the man allegedly told her he needed to “anoint her” with his penis.

“He started asking me about my sex life; what I expect when I sleep with a man. He said he needed to anoint me with his penis because his penis was anointed.

“He pulled down his pants and showed me his private parts. He told me to look at it and see that nothing was happening to him and that showed his intentions were clean,” she says.

The woman says she was shocked and declined his “help”.

“He tried to convince me and even went on to say if he was to sleep on top of me and not penetrate it would help me to deal with the attack.

“I refused and he said the attack would not stop but I should take his number in case I changed my mind.

“I’m still in shock. The whole ordeal plays in my head over and over.

“What makes it worse is that he stays close to us and I have to see him every day.

“This is a man who has been an evangelist for years. My worry is: what if he has been doing this to other woman?

“I want to see justice being done.”

Evans believes the alleged assault was premeditated.

“He told her mother that she shouldn’t worry if she hears sounds. He knew exactly what he wanted to do.

“This man must not be on the pulpit but behind bars,” she says.

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