Pas­tor’s wife not shaken

Monyela ac­cused of rap­ing teenage girls at church

Sowetan - - News - By Zoe Ma­hopo ■ ma­hopoz@sowe­

The wife of a Lim­popo pas­tor ac­cused of rap­ing four girls says she will stand by her hus­band de­spite the damn­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against him.

Khataza Monyela, 29, spoke to Sowe­tan out­side the Lenyenye Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day where her hus­band Con­fi­dence

Monyela ap­peared for al­legedly rap­ing teenage girls in his Burg­ers­dorp church out­side Tza­neen.

Judg­ment on his bail ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned to Mon­day due to in­ter­net prob­lems that pre­vented the pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate from ac­cess­ing dig­i­tal law jour­nals.

Khataza, who wore a black T-shirt with the words “I love my hus­band 100%”, said she was ea­ger to see her hus­band back home.

“I wear this T-shirt ev­ery time I come to court to show peo­ple that I am not afraid,” said Khataza. “I love my hus­band and I’m be­hind him a mil­lion per­cent.”

Khataza said their three chil­dren were trau­ma­tised by their fa­ther’s ab­sence from home.

She said that their 10-yearold daugh­ter was al­ways ask­ing ques­tions about the case. “Ev­ery day she asks me ‘where is dad and when is he com­ing home?’ It is very dif­fi­cult be­cause I don’t know what to say to her,” Khataza said.

Dur­ing the bail pro­ceed­ings Monyela pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Monyela pleaded with the court to grant him bail, not­ing that his wife would not able look af­ter his chicken breed­ing busi­ness, and say­ing his fam­ily would suf­fer fi­nan­cial loss due to his in­car­cer­a­tion.

Khataza said she be­lieved her hus­band was “in­no­cent” and should be granted bail”.

“It’s been al­most four weeks since my hus­band was ar­rested. It’s af­fect­ing me a lot.”

Khataza said that she had known Monyela for more than 12 years and de­scribed him as a ded­i­cated fa­ther who loved his min­istry.

Out­side the court build­ing, church mem­bers were singing and hold­ing plac­ards show­ing sup­port for the pas­tor.

Nyiko Ngob­eni, who spoke on be­half of the group, said peo­ple had come from var­i­ous churches in­clud­ing Monyela’s Prophetic Min­istry Church.

The fam­i­lies of vic­tims and com­mu­nity mem­bers also held a demon­stra­tion call­ing on the mag­is­trate not to grant bail to the sus­pect.

Cofi­dence Monyela is plead­ing not guilty to rape charges.

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