Pastor Luthando Matodlana of the God is Love Ministry in Motherwell, Gqeberha, South Africa, was convicted of rape.
In the Motherwell regional court, Magistrate Aubrey Mashigo convicted Matodlana guilty of raping a 22-year-old male in 2013.
Matodlana was arrested after being convicted on Friday, May 20, but will be sentenced in court on Monday, May 23.
Mashigo ruled that the National Prosecuting Authority’s team had proven the former Mpuma Kapa TV resident pastor’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Matodlana’s victim, who was 22 at the time of the occurrence, testified in court that they communicated on Mxit shortly after meeting the priest in January 2013.
Between February and March, he alleged, the pastor asked him to his Motherwell home. Matodlana welcomed him to his bedroom after a little conversation in the salon.
Both guys sat on the bed in the bedroom and exchanged a few words before Matodlana attempted to kiss him.
Matodlana instructed the victim to undress, and his resistance enraged the pastor, according to the victim. He claimed that Matodlana forced him to undress, drag him onto the bed, compel him to lie face down, and then raped him.
Throughout the trial, Matodlana denied rapping the man.
Between February and March, he alleged, the pastor asked him to his Motherwell home. After a little period of lounging in the lounge,
Matodlana accused his victim of being a gay sex worker who tried to extort money from him throughout the trial.
Mashigo, on the other hand, dismissed the pastor’s charges against his victim as unacceptably false.
The pastor’s sexual assault victim resorted to Facebook to chronicle his ordeal.
Soon after the post went viral, Matodlana threatened to report his accuser to the police for defamation and extortion, claiming that he had slandered him and demanded that he pay him to keep quiet about the incident.
A police officer urged him to come to the police station to submit a rape charge a day or two after he posted about his ordeal, the man claims.
Following a discussion between the guy, the police, and Matodlana, the pastor’s accuser agreed to get the post removed.
After being persuaded to do so by concerned friends, the pastor’s victim filed a rape complaint against Matodlana on June 23, 2020.
On October 1, 2020, Matodlana was arrested and released on bail the same day. On October 29, he was formally charged in court and pleaded not guilty.