Thursday, February 16, 2012

Christian leader in South Africa raped his own daughter for two months

So he was not a Pastor, but was frequently involved in the Church's activities and oftenn led prayers.

The Universal Church of Kingdom of God (UCKG) has denied reports that the man arrested on Tuesday last week for allegedly raped his 11-year-old daughter is a pastor at the church.

The 51-year-old man was arrested last week after his daughter approached members of the street committee and told them her father had been raping her and her bed-ridden mother for the past two years.

The girl's allegations came after her mother was admitted to the Khayelitsha District Hospital for high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy and depression.

Public relations manager for the church, Nicola Balderson, said the man - whose name cannot be publicised as it would identify the rape victim - was not a pastor of the church.

"The leadership of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God states categorically that it does not tolerate nor condone abuse or violence towards any person and is shocked by the incorrect association which has been made with the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God," stated Balderson.

However, Khayelitsha residents said the man was often invited to speak at funeral services for deceased members of the Khayelitsha community and always introduced himself as a UCKG pastor at a church in Nyanga.

"I've know him since last year; we take the same train to the church. Every Sunday after the church he will organize people to come and pray with us. He was very active and a good person. I believe he was about to be a (church) assistant," said a Khayelitsha resident.

A Khayelitsha residents' committee member, Thobeka Lubambo, said the man was known as a pastor to the Khayelitsha community.

"When we have church services like funerals he would preach and tell us he is pastor at Universal Church of Kingdom of God," said Lubambo.

Aniother UCKG spokesperson Nametso Mofokeng confirmed the man was not a pastor at the Nyanga church.

"The man used to attend services, but he is not a pastor, he never was. The pastor in Nyanga said he had seen him, he is just a member."

Mofokeng also denied that the man was about to be an assistant.

"Members volunteer to become an assistant, but each member has to go through a process like counseling, not everyone can be an assistant," she said.

The New Age reported that about 100 residents of the Khayelitsha community where he lived protested at his first court appearance last week, holding aloft placards stating he must "rot in jail".

The man was denied bail and remains in custody. His next court appearance is set for March 30.

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