Instead of casting away demons, a prophet with Izibonakaliso Apostolic sect allegedly raped, impregnated and infected a congregant with HIV.The prophet, who is from Nkayi, appeared before the magistrate on circuit in Inyathi, Mr Ndumo Masuku,A� this week facing rape charges. He was remanded in custody to 28 April for sentencing.
The statea��s case as presented by prosecutor Mr Lungisani Dube is that on 5 February at around 8am the congregant, aged 29, visited the propheta��s place of residents seeking prayers together with her twin sister.
The court heard that he called one of the twin sisters into his a�?spiritual rooma�?.
It is the statea��s case that he prayed for her and after some minutes he told the two to go home and return the following day at different times.
The elder twin sister was the first at the propheta��s home the following day.
a�?He asked her about her family history and prayed for her and in the process he sprayed her with water and told her to remove her clothes and sprinkled her with water until she was in a trance-like state and then raped her once,a�? said Dube.
When the other twin sister came, she was spared rape but had her breasts fondled.The court heard that after a few days, the victim experienced itching in her privates which prompted her to go to hospital.A� That is when she reported the matter to the police leading to the propheta��s arrest.
A medical report showed that she was HIV positive and pregnant.