A South African “prophet” exposed a man who raped his stepdaughter when she was 9 years. The prophet made the exposure during a church service.
The 36-year-old stepfather (identified only as Mr X to protect the abused child) from Hercules in Pretoria West, was convicted by Magistrate Johanna Mthimunye of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on 13 April and was recently sentenced to one life term.
National Prosecution Authority (NPA) Gauteng regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, said:
On Sunday 5 January 2019, the minor and her mother had gone to church. During the service, a pastor of the church prophesied that the child had been sexually assaulted by a 33-year-old male when she was 9 years old.
After church, on their way home, the child confessed to the mother that indeed the stepfather had been sexually assaulting her over a period of a year when the mother had gone to work at night and was left in his care.
The mother confronted Mr X about the allegations made by the child but he denied it.
The following morning, both the mother and stepfather took the child to a doctor at Laudium Hospital where the child was examined.
It was discovered that indeed the child had been sexually assaulted. Said Mahanjana:
After the child spoke to the social workers, police were called and Mr X was arrested at the hospital.
He has been in custody since the NPA successfully opposed bail.
In court, the stepfather pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
Prosecutor Tumi Pongola asked the court to take into consideration the seriousness of the offence and the interest of society when imposing a sentence.
Pongola said Mr X had taken advantage of a 9-year-old girl and threatened her life if she reported the rape.
In delivering her sentence Magistrate Mthimunye agreed with the State, saying Mr X “deserves no other sentence but that of life imprisonment”.