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Pastor arrested for rape - again

2012-01-04 18:01

Polokwane - A 50-year-old pastor, already out on bail in connection with a charge of rape, has been arrested again - this time for a different rape, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

The pastor was arrested at his home in Seshego on Tuesday, after he was released on R2 000 bail on a rape charge involving a 14-year-old girl, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

In the latest case, the pastor is accused of raping a young woman - now aged 18 - between 2009 and 2010.

"It is alleged the victim went to the pastor... to be prayed for as she was not feeling well. The victim was then allegedly raped."

The pastor was expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Third case of rape

Mulaudzi said the same pastor had appeared in the Seshego Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the rape of the 14-year-old. He was granted R2 000 bail and that case was postponed to January 17.

"It is alleged the suspect raped the girl in Seshego between August and September 2011."

And in another development, police said a third case of rape was opened against the pastor on Wednesday. It involved a 20-year-old woman, who alleged the pastor raped her between July and October last year.

"We are investigating... for now we focus on the three charges. If there are people who might have been victims they must report it to the police."

In all the cases the women had gone to the pastor for prayer and healing.

A statement on the pastor's church website reads: "This is the place where we see practical miracles of God every day. The place where people come face to face with the fire of God and receive their total deliverance no matter the situation or the circumstances."

Comments
  • Bongani - 2012-01-04 18:18

    "And in another development, police said a third case of rape was opened against the pastor on Wednesday. It involved a 20-year-old woman, who alleged the pastor raped her between July and October last year" What took her so long to come forward. It wasn't as if she was a minor of 14? At 19 I would think you know the difference between consensual sex and rape. As for the other minors, he should sit a long time, but this one, I don't know. Did the pastor rape her at knife point? And now a year and a half later she suddenly realises she was raped?

      Cliff - 2012-01-04 19:01

      Ubhejane, unfortunatley the criminal justice system in SA is very flawed and the process of getting a rapist convicted becomes as traumatic if not more, for the victim once she has reported it It takes enormous courage on the part of the victim and their families to bring a rapist to trial. And unfortunatley to often with very little justice delivered at the end of it. It is very understandable why it may take victims years before building up the courage to come forward. In this case it seems one ladies courage has given strength for others to follow.

      Consolata Lodya - 2012-01-04 19:03

      @bongani,your statement about that 20 year old is so uncalled for. I work at rape crisis as a counsellor for rape survivors and in some cases it takes a long time before they can even come forward to their own families. In one of my cases I had a young women that had been raped at school by 5 guys and they had recorded it on their phones. She could not tell anyone about it and the only way that the family found out was because the uncle of one of the guys that raped her told her family at church the next sunday. Its not always easy to tell people what happened and sometimes that has to do with fear of people's actions and what they might be said about you, because sometimes people blame the victim. I think that the reason that she finally came out and told what happened had to do with the fact that someone else had done so as well. There is strength in numbers.

      Bongani - 2012-01-04 19:09

      @Cliff and Consolata I understand all of that. My big question is the following. If he raped her on several occasions between July and October, why did she allow the repeated incidents of rape? Surely if you were raped once, you might not report it for various reasons, but to allow yourself to be raped on a regular basis does raise some questions.

      Justine - 2012-01-04 19:28

      What I don't understand is "between July and October last year". Can't she remember what month she was raped in? I was raped in the month of July, I can even remember the exact date, this was 14 years ago. I think the reason it took them so long to come forward might be because they were afraid at first that no-one would believe them, especially being a pastor. It took me 6 months to tell my mom I was raped and this is only because I suffered a breakdown at this point. Otherwise I probably would have kept the secret even longer. Rape victims do feel that they are to blame and/or that no-one might believe them.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-04 19:39

      @ubhejane: If you knew anything about the physical and especially psychological/emotional trauma in a rape case, you’d realise that 1.5 yrs isn’t actually that long, which is usually/often attributed to the fact that the victim hasn’t, unfortunately, had any help due to numerous reasons.

      Bongani - 2012-01-04 19:41

      I hear all of you. My point stands. I personally was sodomised by a priest at the age of 9. It only happened once. I didn't go back for more.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-04 20:01

      Sexual abuse affects different people in different ways. Please don't expect every victim to behave in the same way. It just doesn't happen that way. Most victims go through enormous emotional hurt and pain and confusion. And sometimes it only happens years after the abuse. Don't add on to that pain by making unreasonable statements. The victim needs space to deal with the pain.

      Bongani - 2012-01-04 20:17

      Whatever. I still fail to see how you back to be abused over and over. It is not as if this was her father. My sympathy is with the two kids.

      robbieyahu - 2012-01-04 20:19

      give the 20 yr old woman a break ... some victims dont want to expose such evil and be caught in the "lime-light" and feel as if they are the cause ..so if such a terrible attrocity is commited against them they only gather enough confidence once they see that others are also involved ...my pity goes out to all of them because the PASTOR with his evil manners misused the trust they had and then raped them ....sisssss !!!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-04 20:27

      ubhejane, you are basing things on your own person experiences. I know of somebody who was also sodomized by a priest when he was young, and he did go back for more and it became regular. It was in a welfare home and he was allowed to go to the priest's room after the other kids had gone to sleep. He could have coffee and biscuits and even sleep with the priest. It was only when he grew up that he became emotionally damaged.

      Bongani - 2012-01-04 20:42

      I know all about the emotions that go with this issue Mr. Paynter. All these paedophiles have their own tricks to get what they want. At 19 I believe if you allow an outsider to violate your body repeatedly, you shouldn't cry foul several months later. Once maybe, but not several times.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-04 20:59

      ubhejane, fortunately the courts think differently to you........

  • Henry - 2012-01-04 18:38

    Lock im up for good.

      Yar - 2012-01-04 19:26

      Locking him up for good is inhumane. Imagine being locked away until the day you die. It is the most cruel thing to do. Also it is extremely costly. I sincerely believe that the death sentence, while being really effective in ensuring that there is no repeat offence, is a humane punishment. Bring back the re-usable rope.

  • Bob - 2012-01-04 18:39

    Filthy pig!

  • Penny - 2012-01-04 18:45

    There are way too many people that aquire the title of Pastor in this country, half are bogus and not ordained or sanctioned by any legit church. The communities they 'service' follow them blindly and this is exactly what happens. Blind faith!

      Yar - 2012-01-04 19:30

      @Atheitis And the representative of a bogus god. Or no-representation of a god. I think you are looking to find a chink in the armour of Penny's argument. Such chink may not exist. The Chinks also may believe in a different god/gods.

      Yar - 2012-01-04 21:34

      @Atheitis I believe the test to be fairly simple. The odd men out are Satan's friends Koresh & Jones. They used the mantle of belief as a vehicle for evil. Just like the Rev. from Limpopo. The voices in their heads are not God. Their actions are not accordings to Gods principles, which society also deems to be right.

  • Andy - 2012-01-04 18:50

    This guy is a RAPIST - Stop the crap about protecting or helping him !!!!!!!

      mundu.olewega - 2012-01-04 18:55

      He's only following the presidents example. No big deal a shower sorted it all out.

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-04 18:51

    Limpopo

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-04 18:53

    He should of stayed in prison, why was he let out on bail. What is it with these courts, murderers and rapists should never be given bail at all, they come out on bail release and commit the same crime over again.

      Mantsho - 2012-01-04 23:25

      My point exactly, This goverment is useless they have stop this thing, you cannot give dangerous criminals bails.

  • Stephen - 2012-01-04 18:56

    Where does a church look to hire a new pastor? The sex offenders register!

  • keketso.polisa1 - 2012-01-04 19:25

    This are impostors that tarnish our faith.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-04 19:35

    AND BAIL GRANTED AGAIN...THEN THE INEVITABLE APPEAL, AND THEN THE RE-APPEAL...MAKES ME SICK!!!

  • Kathleen - 2012-01-04 19:45

    Castrate him. Tattoo 'rapist' on his forehead, so everyone keeps clear of him.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-04 19:59

    Men of God raping, who can we trust?

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-04 19:59

    He should be flogged in public

  • robbieyahu - 2012-01-04 20:13

    mmmmm ... how sad for the poor women!! .... we have been warning people for ages to flee from churches ...religion is evil !!!

  • lbfernandes1 - 2012-01-04 20:14

    and he gets bail again?their sould put him with the rapists in jail and cut his penis off,for him to feel it, if it was my daughter while is in bail i will finish him off and also ask for bail,the justice system in SA is not working properly.

  • emile.eley - 2012-01-04 21:01

    This fellow is taking love thy neighbour way too far.

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-04 21:34

    The trouble is sex today is too easy! We need to get back to basics and make any sex outside marriage a criminal offence. Then there is no argument. Or perhaps make provision for a temporary license. Once the application is signed by both parties that they both agree to having sex with each other they cannot turn around afterwards and yell rape.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-05 04:53

    What is happening in Limpopo ???? Priest going crazy .... Juju going nuts .... Thank heavens I am in Gauteng. All I can say is bring back the DEATH PENALTY for cretins like this.

  • Roy - 2012-01-05 05:55

    Cut off his penis and shove it down his throat. He should not be allowed to be a Pastor because his aim in life is not to save lives but to destroy them. Throw the rubbish into jail and let the prisoners give him a taste of his own medicine

  • Bert - 2012-01-05 14:37

    SO, HOW MUCH WILL HIS BAIL BE SET AT THIS TIME?

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-01-06 10:31

    Pastors who persist doing good deeds are duly rewarded with bail instesad of immediate incarceration. Fair practice to my mind.

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