32 years old pastor Confidence Monyela, the South African self-styled prophet, who was accused of raping four teenagers during prayer sessions in his church has reportedly pleaded not guilty to the five charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault against him.
Monyela from Mariveni village, Nkowankowa outside Tzaneen, alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl, two 14 year-olds and a 16 year-old, stands accused of having raped his victims inside the church on various occasions between December 2016 and August this year, by inviting them to private one-on-one prayer session and while busy praying, allegedly attacked and raped them.
Monyela defending himself claims his accusers were paid to spread lies about him by another pastor who is trying to tarnish his reputation. He told the court one of his congregants confessed to him that she was approached by people who offered to pay her if she accused him of sexual abuse. He said the person behind the bribes was a disgruntled pastor known to him.
“He would come and preach at my church,” Monyela said. “He once told me that he wants to be my spiritual father, but I refused.”
Monyela explaining the church procedure, saying he would never pray for a person in the absence of ushers said his business helped him support his wife and three children, aged one, two and 10 years.
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