‘Affairs led to church closing’

2015-06-22 11:05


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Pietermaritzburg - A pastor's alleged multiple love affairs may have led to the closure of a Bombay Heights church.

An e-mail doing the rounds among community members and the church congregation shone the light on the pastor’s alleged affairs with women from his congregation.

But the pastor, who has since left the ministry, claims the scathing e-mail is “a personal vendetta”.

“I did quit the ministry and shut down the church but it was due to the church doing badly and not just my personal problems,” he told The Witness.

In the e-mail lambasting the pastor’s personal life, which was also sent to The Witness, the anonymous writer claims the pastor “took advantage of, gained the confidence of, and indulged in documented adulterous relationships with women from his church”.

“His current sexual relationship and exploits came to light after a WhatsApp chat extending from September … was sent via e-mail to senior church members and the family of the woman concerned. It includes graphic details of sexual encounters …” reads the e-mail.

The pastor however dismissed the claims, saying the WhatsApp chat did exist between him and a female member of the congregation however “it did not contain anything sexual”.

“There is nothing to clear up. This e-mail is sent by someone who is using an alias and there is no way that I can take this matter up because I don’t know who it is. This is a personal vendetta against me,” he said.

The church in question closed its doors on May 17 after having been in existence for 11 years.

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