'Pastors can lie to you' - accuser in decades old rape case

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Cape Town - A congregant who accused a fellow church member of raping her 46 years ago says when she opened the case against him she realised that "pastors can lie to you", the Parow Regional Court heard on Wednesday.

Carl Baron, 77, now a church pastor, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape.

The woman, who was eight years old at the time, was allegedly raped outside the University of the Western Cape while on her way home from school, and then again at a church picnic in Oudtshoorn in 1970.

At the time, Baron was not a pastor, but a member of the Emmanuel Pinkster Sendings Kerk (Emmanuel Mission Church).

On Wednesday in court, a friend of his – retired fellow pastor Samuel Michaels, 66 – denied events that were put to him by the defence relating to allegations dating back to the 1970s.

Michaels denied the woman's claims that when she was a child he took her to the Karl Bremer Hospital for treatment for an infection.

But Michaels did remember taking her to Tygerberg Hospital at a different time.

He said he had no idea why she needed to go to hospital.

'I told the big people'

Defence lawyer Johannes Grobbelaar asked Michaels to cast his mind back several decades to remember events associated with the allegations relating to the complaint the woman lodged in November 2015.

Prosecutor Dercia Rabie read from the alleged victim's statement, which said Michaels would remember what happened.

"I told the big people about it when I was a child," Rabie read.

"When I began with the case, I found out how much people can lie. I found out that pastors can lie to you. Michaels is lying."

But Michaels denied he had known about what happened.

"Nobody told me about it until a case was lodged with the police," he said.

The defence previously focused on disproving dates and other events associated with the case, such as when the church was built, and where a Bible study group met.

The case was postponed to December 6 for testimony by a doctor.

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