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Rape charges a conspiracy, says pastor

2012-01-11 21:57

Polokwane - The Limpopo pastor accused of raping a teenager and two young women in his congregation in Seshego had his bail application postponed on Wednesday.

Polokwane Magistrate Janine Ungerer postponed the 50-year-old's case to Friday so he could call another witness to back up his bail application.

Ungerer ordered the church's deputy pastor to give testimony after the pastor claimed, in an affidavit submitted by his lawyers, that there was a plot to discredit him.

“There is a conspiracy against the accused of keeping him in custody by some members of the church who were expelled,” the lawyer told the court.

Ungerer said: "I want somebody else who will come and support that there is conspiracy against him."

He was arrested on New Year's Eve after a teenager opened a rape case at the Seshego police station. After he was released on R2 000 bail, two more cases were opened in Polokwane.

The charges were laid by a 14-year-old girl, an 18-year-old from Polokwane and by a 20-year-old from Seshego, northwest of Polokwane. The cases would be heard simultaneously in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

The man had been in and out of custody since New Year's Eve, first at the Seshego police station and then at the Polokwane police station.

According to the police, the rapes occurred between 2009 and 2011, but were only reported after the minor opened the case at Seshego.

The investigating officer denied knowledge of a conspiracy against the pastor and told court he raped his victims when they approached him for prayer. Captain James Lebese said the girls were ordered to undress, which they did in the hope they would be healed.

The court heard one girl was raped more than six times, and did not report the case because the pastor was intimidating her.

The bail application was postponed to Friday. The pastor intended pleading not guilty.

Comments
  • Cracker - 2012-01-11 22:23

    Allegations of rape and other sexual offences have always been a potent weapon to get at your enemies or enemies of your friends. Or simply to be spiteful or to live out fantasies. That is why the courts have developed certain cautionary rules to apply in the assessment of evidence of complainants. Sadly done away with by our Concourt. You have a grudge or you awarded to your standards, easy, go and lay a false sexual charge against someone. Sorry, but that's reality. Unfortunately the police are under severe pressure to arrest based on mere allegations.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-11 22:57

      This is true sadly. e.g: An armed response friend of mine told me about this poor guy he arrested once who slept with a woman consensually then later was arrested for raping this woman, imprisoned and raped by the other inmates until he passed out. Some time later (I can't remember the time frame) she came forward and said she'd lied and he was released. He now has HIV and whenever he sees the flashing lights of cop or armed response vehicle he runs like hell because he's terrified of going back (hence him getting arrested by my friend) and doesn't trust the cops. He can't hold down a job because he's too skittish. The guy's life is ruined because some girl lied about being raped. That being said this is the exception to the rule, but it has happened at least twice that i've seen - another was a university student who got some in a bar bathroom only to have is face splashed all over the newspaper a while later branding him a rapist. The courts threw out the charges because the security cameras showed them a very different story to the girl's). Add to this the political machinations of church politics (you think government is bad?) and its a 'he said - she said' mess that'll take ages to sort through.

  • robbieyahu - 2012-01-11 22:39

    ....mmmm ... funny but i'm now waiting to see the next step of defence that rapists always use : the "they were whores" excuse .... i'm waiting patiently .... this excuse he used is normally the second excuse ... maybe he forgot the sequence ?? hehehe the men of cloth !! but on a sadder note ..this is exactly why women don't easily report these rape charges .... i personally have zero tollerance for a rapist ..pathetic losers ... bullies and useless vile filthy scum !!! but that's my opinion !! i always wish that the tables get turned on such men ... and that this hideous type of thing must be done to them just so that they can also taste a bit of their own meds !!! .... but again thats only me... i know that the "men of cloth" have forever been guilty of such atrocities ...enough proof for this statement of mine ALL around the world ...

  • Herman Eloff - 2012-01-11 22:49

    Maybe he was looking for a wife? (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-11 23:36

      and the quadruple post?

  • Herman Eloff - 2012-01-11 22:49

    Maybe he was looking for a wife? (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

  • Herman Eloff - 2012-01-11 22:49

    Maybe he was looking for a wife? (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

      TheSlip - 2012-01-12 12:07

      Since you had to look that up, I assume you were raped as a little girl?

      Herman Eloff - 2012-01-12 15:53

      @TheSlip. What a wonderful comment. Your mother must be proud of you.

  • Herman Eloff - 2012-01-11 22:49

    Maybe he was looking for a wife? (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

  • Herman Eloff - 2012-01-12 09:50

    My apologies for the multiple posts, not intentional

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