South African Pastor Convicted For Raping 22-Year-Old Man

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A South-African Pastor, Luthando Matodlana of God is Love Ministry in Motherwell, Gqeberha, South Africa, has been found guilty of raping a 22-year-old man.

According to The SouthAfrican, the incident happened in January 2013 when the victim was still 22 years old. Matodlana was taken into custody after being convicted on Friday, May 20, but will appear in court for sentencing on Monday, May 23.

Magistrate Aubrey Mashigo found Matodlana guilty in the Motherwell regional court, stating that the National Prosecuting Authority’s team had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the former Mpuma Kapa TV resident pastor was guilty.

The victim told the court that the pastor invited him to his home between February and March. After sitting in the lounge for a brief period Matodlana invited him to his bedroom.

Once in the bedroom, both men sat on the bed and had a brief conversation before Matodlana attempted to kiss him.

The victim testified that Matodlana told him to undress and his refusal outraged the pastor. He said he had been fearful of Matodlana, who made him undress, pulled him onto the bed, forced him to lie face down and then raped him.

However, Matodlana denied throughout the trial that he had raped the man.

During the trial, the pastor accused his victim of being a gay sex worker who had attempted to extort money from him.

However, the Magistrate rejected the pastor’s allegations against his victim saying they could not be accepted and were false.

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