impregnated a 17-year-old church member. They have both been sentenced
to 20 years in prison.
Bishop Andrew Mnkandla and his brother Lovemore, 34, a pastor at the
church, held the victim hostage at his house and raped her on different occasions.They threatened that if she told anyone, “the demons they
had exorcised from her would return with scores of others to haunt her.
court heard he went to the teen’s mother with his wife and tried to
bribe her so that she convinces her daughter to change her statement in
court. Mnkandla had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of rape before
magistrate Chrispen Mberewere.
court was shocked when Mnkandla failed to recite four common Bible
verses. Mr Mberewere asked Mnkandla to recite Genesis 1 verse 1, Psalms
23 verse 1, John 3 verse 16 and John 14 verse 1.
drew laughter from the gallery when he said John 3 verse 16 reads:
your hearts not be troubled,” but it actually reads: “For God so loved
the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in
him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
well bishop, it looks like the Bible is giving you a hard time,” said
Mr Mberewere. “You can’t even recite very common verses familiar to many
people. Let’s just get back to the business that brings you here, that
of bedroom issues, because you seem to be better in that department.”
magistrate convicted Mnkandla and sentenced him to 20 years in jail. In
her testimony, the teen had said Lovemore raped her at Khami Mountains
and Mnkandla raped her at his house. Here is her confession…
went to the mountains for seven days with my father and Lovemore. My
father was called back to work on the fourth day, leaving me with
Lovemore. On our way home he dragged me into a nearbush and raped me.
He told me if I told anyone, all the demons would return,”
came to our house and asked me to go to his house where he raped me
twice. The first time he wore a condom. On another occassion he held me
hostage in his house the whole night. My mother came to look for me at
his house while I was in his bedroom but he denied knowledge of my
whereabouta. He told me to escape through the back door and wait for him
at a football pitch close by. He came to get me later and instructed me
to tell my father that I had spent the night at a school gate.”