After the arrest of a Pretoria West pastor from Zambia, police have warned church members to be wary of foreign nationals who claim to be pastors. “People should be wary of people coming into the country claiming to be pastors, as no one can be sure what their motive is,” Sepato said.
The pastor, in his late forties, is in police custody on rape charges after he was arrested just before Christmas for a series of rape cases, police said on Tuesday. His first rape incident was reported on 21 December, when three charges of rape were laid against him by teenage girls belonging to his congregation. “His victims range between the ages of 17 and 21. While in police custody, another charge was laid against the ‘pastor’ on Monday. He now faces four charges of rape,” said police spokesperson, Captain Jan Sepato.
He also explained the suspect’s modus operandi. “He owns two Hummers and would tell his victims that he would pick them up for something to eat. That is when he corners them and lures them to some sort of accommodation, and rapes them,” said Sepato.
The accused pastor, who resides in Moreleta Park, is still in police custody after he appeared in court for the second time on Tuesday. “He is currently at the Pretoria prison awaiting his next court appearance,” said Sepato.