By Leonard Ncube
A PASTOR at Light of God Apostolic Church in Lupane allegedly raped two minor girls at his homestead while purporting to be cleansing them of evil spirits.
Promise Dlamini (45) from Jumpika area, allegedly approached the girls’ parents and told them that the two were being troubled by evil spirits.
Dlamini allegedly told his victims parents on different occasions that he had powers to deliver them through prayer but could only do so at his homestead.
One of the girls is aged 15 while the age of the other one was not given but is also said to be a minor.
Dlamini allegedly led the girls to his homestead and during the night, he allegedly forced them to sleep in the same blankets with him.
He allegedly told the minors that he did not have enough blankets for them to sleep alone.
Dlamini appeared before Lupane magistrate Mr Ndumo Masuku last Thursday charged with one count of raping the 15-year-old girl.
Dlamini was not asked to plead to the charge and the magistrate remanded him in custody to Thursday next week.
The other girl told police that she had consensual sex with the pastor and he is yet to appear in court on charges of having sex with a minor.
Mr Sanders Sibanda is representing the state. The Chronicle