A South African pastor has been accused of raping boys in his church, after telling them they’re God’s ‘chosen one’.
The South African Pastor who is facing two counts of rape and one of sexual assault, reportedly abused the boys who were attending a ministry school at his church to graduate as pastors themselves.
One of his victims now 19, who disclosed that the abuse started when he was 16 told the judge at a magistrate court;
“It started in 2015 one night when he woke me up while I was sleeping with other boys in another bedroom that we shared as junior pastors,” the teen said. He said the pastor called him to his bedroom and told him that he was the “chosen one”.
“He said God had chosen me to be his (pastor) protector. He ‘anointed’ himself with oil all over his body and started kissing me while I was shocked. He then penetrated me.”
According to the 19-year-old victim, he was scared to tell his parents who were members of the church, because they loved the Pastor from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, South Africa so much. However his mother said;
“I’m angry at myself because I have missed out on three years of my son’s life and [not seeing] the signs that I could have noticed. However, I want justice for all these children that he has been taking advantage of because of our kindness as parents.”
Another victim who claimed he reported the abuse to the church in 2014, disclosed that no one believed him.
“I remember the pain I felt when he first raped me, I could not even sit for three days but I kept quiet because he made me believe he was imparting supernatural powers to me as a servant. I am very angry that it’s only now that more guys have come out that I’m believed.”
He said he was now taking drugs to numb the pain the pastor inflicted on his life.
“This broke me and the past four years have been hell seeing him pass by my house after leaving the church.”
The Pastor was also accused of forcing a third victim to perform blow jobs on him every night. However the abused boy ran away from the church because it was traumatising him.
The trial of the Pastor who was accused of raping boys he told they’re the ‘chosen ones’, was adjourned to January 25 for further investigations.