Friday, December 31, 2010

Wife divorces Pastor who raped niece

SITEKI – A woman recently divorced her husband, who is a pastor on allegations that he raped her 11-year-old niece.

Happy Mtsetfwa alleged, in her divorce papers that she could no longer continue being married to Pastor Nkosinathi Motsa because he allegedly raped her niece a while ago.

Motsa, a pastor at Mlindazwe Nazarene Church lived within the premises of the church and is said to have been actively preaching at the time of the alleged rape.

The couple appeared before Magistrate Philisile Dlamini represented by their lawyers on April 15, 2010 where Mtsetfwa alleged that her husband had raped her niece.

Apart from the alleged rape incidence, Mtsetfwa also cited physical abuse as another reason for ending her eight year old marriage to the pastor.

Part of the divorce papers read, "We were staying with our 11-year-old niece (name withheld). I then discovered in June 7, 2008 that he (Motsa) had sex with her. I called my niece and asked her and she admitted to this in his presence."

Mtsetfwa also said she was living in fear after confronting Motsa as he would become physically abusive towards her.

The information was also recorded under civil matters at the Magistrates’ Court.

"I had to take my niece to live with someone else after that to protect her," she continued.

Kenneth Simelane, Mtseftwa’s lawyer from Sigwane and Associates confirmed that his client did mention the issue of rape.

"I can’t however state the exact words as the information is filed at Siteki where the divorce was finalised," said Simelane.

According to Mtsetfwa, the sexual abuse allegedly took place on several occasions.

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