‘Pas­tor oiled him­self and pen­e­trated me’

Boys say were raped in church

Sowetan - - News - By Prom­ise Maru­peng

A 30-year-old pas­tor al­legedly raped boys and young men af­ter telling them they were the “cho­sen one” in his church.

The pas­tor from Soshanguve, north of Pre­to­ria, is al­leged to have been abus­ing a group of boys that were at­tend­ing a min­istry school at his church to grad­u­ate as pas­tors them­selves.

A now 19-year-old vic­tim said he was 16 years old when the abuse started. He said he had been stay­ing and sleep­ing at the Hands of God In­ter­na­tional Min­istries for three years to train as a pas­tor.

“It started in 2015 one night when he woke me up while I was sleep­ing with other boys in an­other bed­room that we shared as junior pas­tors,” the teen said. He said the pas­tor called him to his bed­room and told him that he was the “cho­sen one”.

“He said God had cho­sen me to be his (pas­tor) pro­tec­tor. He ‘anointed’ him­self with oil all over his body and started kiss­ing me while I was shocked. He then pen­e­trated me.”

The teen said he was scared to tell his par­ents each morn­ing when he got home be­cause they were also mem­bers of the church and loved the pas­tor very much.

His mother said: “I’m an­gry at my­self be­cause I have missed out on three years of my son’s life and [not see­ing] the signs that I could have no­ticed. How­ever, I want jus­tice for all these chil­dren that he has been tak­ing ad­van­tage of be­cause of our kind­ness as par­ents.”

An­other boy said he did re­port the abuse to church af­ter he was raped in 2014 but no one be­lieved him.

“I re­mem­ber the pain I felt when he first raped me, I could not even sit for three days but I kept quiet be­cause he made me be­lieve he was im­part­ing su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers to me as a ser­vant.

“I am very an­gry that it’s only now that more guys have come out that I’m be­lieved.”

He said he was now tak­ing drugs to numb the pain the pas­tor in­flicted on his life.

“This broke me and the past four years have been hell see­ing him pass by my house af­ter leav­ing the church.”

The third vic­tim said the pas­tor de­manded him to per­form blow jobs on him ev­ery night.

He said he even­tu­ally ran away from the church be­cause it was trau­ma­tis­ing him.

The ac­cused pas­tor ap­peared in the Soshanguve mag­is­trate’s court yesterday, to face two counts of rape and one of sex­ual as­sault.

The mat­ter was post­poned to Jan­uary 25 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

/ SANDILE NDLOVU

The pas­tor ac­cused of rape hides his face in the dock at Soshanguve mag­is­trate’s court, iron­i­cally us­ing ma­te­rial by an or­gan­i­sa­tion op­posed to abuse in churches. His al­leged vic­tims were boys.

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