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Pastor on child rape charge gets bail

2012-01-03 16:01

Polokwane - A pastor from the Divine Deliverance Church was granted R2 000 bail in the Seshego Magistrates' Court, near Polokwane, on Tuesday following his arrest for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

According to reports, he had allegedly lured the child to his home on the pretext of praying for her.

James Thobakgale, of Zone Five, Seshego, was arrested over the weekend for crimes allegedly committed in August and September last year, police reported.

South African Council of Churches general-secretary Mautji Pataki commended the police for arresting Thobakgale and called upon the judicial process to "get deep and find the cause of this condemnable act".

"As the victim goes through counselling and any other form of support, we call upon other pastors and priests to walk alongside her ensuring that the church takes care of the most vulnerable," he said.

"We further call upon church leaders to hold community dialogue sessions where matters such as this could be discussed and discouraged."

Pataki also called upon abuse victims who have remained silent to report their experiences to the police and community leaders.

By doing so, they would "intercept the hand of evil from continuing to destroy innocent lives".

The case was postponed to February 17.

Comments
  • Johan - 2012-01-03 16:18

    Pixie... anything to add?

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:28

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  • Henning - 2012-01-03 16:35

    Well, as they say....alleged rape. It can also happen that someone set this whole thing up, for whatever reason. Find him guilty first before you condemn the man.

      Henning - 2012-01-03 20:17

      Atheitis, listen and listen closely...I would never ever be embarrassed to call myself a Christian.

      Larry - 2012-01-04 15:44

      I know this man personally and believe you me, he is not a nice man.....

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:28

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  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-03 16:39

    Don't tell me tonight he will be doing what he forcibly did to the minor, this time around with the wife consentually.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-03 18:44

      He was supposed to be be locked up from what he likes most, poosy!

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  • Sifiso - 2012-01-03 16:48

    How can a sexual predator be granted bail? My sympathies to the girl and her family.

      BrownSkin21 - 2012-01-03 21:52

      cos his an alleged predator

      Sifiso - 2012-01-04 04:46

      @ BeulahK When it comes to an alleged thief, I would understand. But when it comes to an alleged rapist , I think judges should be more cautious.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:28

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  • Jerzy - 2012-01-03 17:02

    in the name of the lord. Peace loving my a@#

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  • Robi - 2012-01-03 17:03

    Instead of enjoying news from december interval, greeted by this Satanic behaviour.Is the court promoting sex between the minor and and an adult? The bail given send a wrong message to the public. The alleged pastor should have been released on not less than R15000.00 to send clear message to the other pastors and members of the public. Destroying future generation must be discouraged at all. Set up or no set up the right message must be sent to the public at large

      Squeegee - 2012-01-03 17:32

      Robi, I'm glad you said 'alleged' pastor. Never heard of this 'church'. Probably not a trained minister, just a predator seeking opportunities. Lots of them around anywhere there are children.

      Shirley - 2012-01-03 17:56

      Have you noticed how many sick thumbs down are here? Must be out on bail and hitting a nerve!

      Shirley - 2012-01-03 18:08

      Amazing how many thumbs down given to civilised comments-there must be quiet a few out on bail!

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-03 19:01

      I ask God the almighty seeing all in the sky, punish this man. If you had the strength to crucify your own son. Surely you can find the strength to sacrifice this pervert to the bowels of fiery hell for all eternity. Amen.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:29

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  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 17:37

    Only in S.A. can you pay R2000.00 to go and rape again!!!!

      Cracker - 2012-01-03 20:25

      @ Shirley He has not yet been found guilty. You have no idea hoe prevalent false accusations are in this country. I can get you locked up with a mere allegation which either I personally make against you (females can also be guilty of sexual offences) or that I get someone else to make against you. Or I can arrange the same fate against your loved ones. Your husband, children, etc. Don't be so ridiculous. And bear in mind how miserably dishonest our society has become. Even worse than many years ago when we already saw the false sexual charges being made.

      Cracker - 2012-01-03 20:27

      Let it also be considered that some accusations originate from a distorted mind and miss-appreciation of reality.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:29

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  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-03 17:50

    Jesus Christ can u believe this.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-03 18:46

      Anything is possible, my son.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-03 19:09

      Thumbsdown all u want religious bigots. Ur god is insane how can he allow this. He sacrificed his son. For what !!! So perverts like this can repent. My point is simple. Evolution creates some crazy animals.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:29

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  • Riaad - 2012-01-03 19:00

    Notice how nobody is blaming Christianity for the sick actions of this pastor? And of course that's fair. Now to see some fairness when it's a Muslim criminal, like yesterday's diatribe against Islam following the article about the poor Afghan girl who was tortured by her In-Laws: Suddenly people went on an anti-Islam tirade when the In-Laws' actions have nothing to do with Islam!

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  • malcolm - 2012-01-03 19:00

    Its cultural, and the norm in S.A. Just ask Jacob.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:29

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  • Cracker - 2012-01-03 20:40

    Anybody can establish a church and call himself a pastor. And actually believe himself. (He includes she and all that crap.) This person has not yet been convicted. The most important question is his flight risk and the likelihood of repeating the same sort of offence if allowed out before his trial. The strength of the case against him must also be considered in the assessment of the aforegoing. The rest is BS. Yesterday or the day before it was once again reported how an innocent 40 year old had been locked up for rape which the young lady admitted (far too late) had not been committed by him. Religion bashing - as long at it applies to all religions - is fine. But the unreasonable cr.p of discrediting religion based on this news item is really silly. Let the facts speak for themselves. Cutting statement. Don't get blinded by nonsense.

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  • Consolata Lodya - 2012-01-03 20:50

    So sick and tired of all the crime in this country. Its gotten to the point where one decides to leave this country or having the law taken into the hands of the people because the goverment seems to respect rapists more than victims...not unusual considering that we have a rapist for president.

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  • BrownSkin21 - 2012-01-03 21:48

    I see the word "alleged" used too many times to conclude the alleged perpetrators guilt. Its sad though when the church is drawn into matters where it appears to be a "flaw" in christian faith. The church should arise and start to deal with these matters before it reaches these levels where the allegedly guilty is fixed to a stake to be burned. We don't confront social issues enough. We should become less apologetic and realise that even christians have darkness that need to be exorcised.

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  • Eli - 2012-01-04 09:23

    You people are all so pathetic. This is not God's fault. If the man is found guilty, then blame him, not God! Wake up people... Satan is real and satan is getting all of you to blame God and to turn your back on God. We are humans, given free will! God is awesome and God is Love! Pastors who rape are not men of God, but are false prophets. The Bible warns us to watch out for false prophets. The Bible is the truth. Satan plays a huge part in corrupting mens hearts. Don't fool yourself into believing that God and Satan aren't real. The war is on and is evident all around the globe! Jesus, i pray for all unbelievers. I pray for the people of this country and of all people around the world too, who are being mislead and tricked by satan! Forgive them Father God!

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  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-04 09:38

    South Africa carrying on the fine traditions of the catholic church.

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:30

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  • johnnymacza - 2012-01-04 19:00

    shows that blacks do not heed God's laws

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  • obertsm - 2012-01-04 19:23

    Oral decay in our churches ....where shall the poor people go...if the pastors who are suppose to protect the socially afflicted are the ones taking advantage of such like ones???

      Ryann - 2012-01-19 13:31

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