Rape accused Limpopo pastor gets bail

2012-01-18 17:53

Johannesburg - The Limpopo pastor accused of raping three members of his church was released on R1 500 bail by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Janine Ungerer said the state failed to convince the court why the accused should not be released on bail.

She also said people should understand that bail was not a punishment.

The 50-year-old pastor of the Devine Deliverance Church in Seshego is facing three charges of rape - one in the Seshego Magistrate's Court and two in Polokwane.

He was arrested on New Year's Eve after a 20-year-old woman opened a rape case against him at the Seshego police station.

Shortly after he was released on R2 000 bail, two girls, 14 and 18-years-old, opened cases against him in Polokwane.

The man's lawyer, J Papule, wanted the Polokwane charges to be withdrawn as the State did not have a medical report to support their case.

During the bail application, Papule told the court that charges against his client were a conspiracy to discredit him in society.

He argued that one of the victims was in fact not a minor, as had been claimed after the alleged rape.

The case was postponed to February 29 for further investigation.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-18 18:44

    Isn't that just swell? I'm sure his victims are going to sleep really peacefully tonight! Do we even have a justice system in this country?

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-18 19:43

    I'll bet he would not have been released if he was not a holier-than-thou self appointed representative of a god. When people are convinced that they are inherently evil sinners, it makes it easier to do things they know are morally wrong.

  • Bert - 2012-01-18 21:17

    Magistrate says "State failed to convince the court why the accused should NOT be released on bail". Excuse me, wasn't he accused of two more rapes after Being released on bail the first time round? She also stated that "People should understand that bail in not a punishment" Yea! I think the thickest of the thick would grasp that one. Not being allowed bail may be construed as punishment though. THis so called Magistrate, Thickest of the Thick Janine Ungerer, should definitely be crowned Mampara of the Decade. Mind you, Limpopo! Ring any bells?

  • Khomotso - 2012-03-05 08:47

    just because some couple women accuse a man of raping them doesnt mean he raped them they could well be lying and anyone has a right to get bail

      Ameer Gamieldien - 2013-03-20 13:24

      NO WORDS for this guy....RAPIST should be castrated,not released on bail

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