PORT ELIZABETH, December 5 – A Nigerian pastor and two women, who allegedly assisted him to lure young girls for sexual exploitation, appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The 58-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women who were from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly raped and sexually exploited them.
The pastor faces a string of charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act. The charges include rape and sexual assault.
In a separate case, he also faces charges for being in the country illegally.
The pastor’s alleged accomplices Lusanda Solani, 36, of Durban and Zukiswa Sitho, 28, of Port Elizabeth have already pleaded not guilty to charges which include of human trafficking and sexual assault.
The pair are out on bail of R2,000 each.
On Tuesday, the prosecution asked for a postponement pending an application to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for the centralisation of all the cases.
State prosecutor, Nceba Ntelwa indicated that he was also submitting an application for racketeering charges to be added against the trio.
Ntelwa said the prosecution was arranging for the matter to be transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court.
As the two women left the court building on Tuesday they were shielded from the media by a large group of supporters who used umbrellas to conceal their faces. They were quickly ushered into a waiting white Mercedes Benz before they sped off into the distance.
The case was postponed to 29 January, next year.
– African News Agency (ANA),