Pastor’s wife not shaken
Monyela accused of raping teenage girls at church
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.