Another Boy Alleges Mosque Rape

By Kay Ebeling
City of Angels

September 5, 2008

A second boy has reported being raped, allegedly by a Muslim priest at a Germiston mosque, Johannesburg's East Rand police said on Friday.

The 10-year-old told police of the rape on Thursday, after another boy, aged 12, came forward on Wednesday, said Captain Steady Nawa.

The 49-year-old maulana (priest), who had been working at the mosque for three months, was arrested on Thursday.

The two boys were attending a religious lecture on Islam when the man asked them to sleep over at the mosque on August 25, Nawa said.

The boys alleged that the man watched movies with them on and also asked them to take a shower with him, said Nawa.

"The boys also alleged that they saw the Maulana mix something like dagga and smoked it. He gave it to the 10-year-old to smoke, but the 12-year-old refused to smoke it, but he was forced to," said Nawa.

After smoking the "joint" the maulana allegedly ordered the boys to undress while he also stripped naked. He allegedly ordered the 12-year-old to "play" with his genitals and then allegedly raped him in front of the 10-year-old. He also ordered them to wash after he allegedly raped both of them, he said.

On August 29 the maulana allegedly promised to give them R20 in exchange for their silence, but never did. Nawa said the boys informed a friend about the incident, who advised them to tell their parents.

The maulana was expected to appear in the Germiston magistrate's court on Monday on two charges of rape. - Sapa


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