In a mindboggling revelation, a senior pastor from controversial prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering allegedly had sexual intercourse with a congregant without her consent in church. iHarare has established through South African publication, Dailysun, that the 33-year-old ‘man of god’ from Bushiri’s Western Cape branch committed the dastardly deed in church next to the pulpit.
Please forgive me. I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never done this before, especially in church. I can never have peace. I wish you can forgive me.
If people find out about this, no one will want to come to church,” he begs.
The Church will be regarded as dirty.
You liked being in church and I took advantage of you. I’m sorry. If there’s anything I can do please tell me.
In an interview with the publication, the woman revealed that she on the date in question, the accused had invited her for prayers at church and much to her surprise, she was the only one there.
He told me to relax and played gospel music. We sat next to the pulpit,” she said.
He came closer to me while asking about my personal life. I asked him to take me home. I was becoming uncomfortable.
He told me he loved me. He said I was in love with him, too.
He overpowered and raped me. I’m shattered, angry and broken. So are my family. I thought church was a safe place, but that’s where I got violated.
In an open letter to the church, the pastor claims that the sexual encounter was consensual between both parties.
I tried to take full responsibility by apologising when she started feeling bad and guilty. I sinned against God, the church, my wife and even myself and her.
Out of my own Godly conscience, I hereby step aside from any church responsibilities as an acting pastor.
Sergeant Christopher Spies said:
The family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit arrested a 33-year-old suspect on Friday on a rape charge