Gauteng Mec Expresses Shock at Reports of Sexual Abuse by Pastors
April 27, 2016
Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has reacted with anger at the reports of abuse of women by Gauteng faith leaders.
On Monday‚ two national dailies‚ the Sowetan and Daily Sun‚ with chilling pictures‚ reported stories of two Gauteng pastors sexually and physically abusing young women in their teens and early 20s.
Mayathula-Khoza said the actions of Pastor Fezile Gxokwe of Mount Olive Church of Poortjie in Sedibeng were an indictment to gains achieved so far with freedom of women.
She also welcomed the arrest of another pastor who assaulted two teenage girls and a young lady in Carletonville‚ in the West Rand‚ whose sordid story was carried in the Sowetan.
“We welcome the arrest of the wicked man who prey on girls whilst masquerading as a man of God.
“We are happy that the law shall now take its course. We must however intensify our efforts in educating and mobilising our society against the evil people‚” she said.
Mayathula-Khoza said her department had stepped in to assist the young women who survived the attacks and their families.
She said the three Carletonville women were attending counseling at Teddy Bear Clinic. The other survivors were still being tracked by her department.