A priest convicted of rape.
- A priest has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for raping five worshipers in Bronkhorstspruit.
- The priest told one of his victims that she would not get pregnant unless he “removed” her pregnancy and raped her.
- It was also found that the priest, a Congolese national, was in South Africa illegally.
A trusted priest from Bronkhorstspruit has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for raping five worshipers who he claimed was “blessed”.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said 48-year-old William Emeka’s modus operandi is to tell victims they have a problem that can be resolved through prayer for them and their “blessing”.
Instead, he was convicted of 19 counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault after the women eventually told another priest in “God Is Love.”
It was also found that the Congolese citizen was in the country with a forged residence permit.
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“Emeka told one of his victims who was also helping with Emeka’s babysitting that by sleeping with him he was helping her get the things that were inside her, and until these things showed up, she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant,” North said. Gauteng NPA spokeswoman Lumka Mahanjana.
By 2018, women had stopped going to church, while he also claimed to have made a woman’s pregnancy “disappear”.
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He was finally arrested in 2018 after his victims reported another priest who encouraged them to go to the police.
Commentary was not immediately available from the four numbers listed on the church’s Facebook page, including the prayer line. Her page states that to be a member of the Church, one must only have heterosexual relationships, within the confines of legal marriage.
The church motto was “By fire by force we have overcome Satan in the name of Jesus,” and as God’s prophet Sunar General Emeka claimed it restored the boy the ability to walk.
In a video, he can be seen standing in front of a young woman and telling her that he can tell her that she has problems at school.
His delivery included a purring sound as he walked around the church preaching.
The NPA said it denied committing the crimes.
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Mahangana said that one of his victims became pregnant as a result of the rape and could not determine whether the father of her child was the priest or her husband.
“When the woman testified in court, the DNA results to identify the father had not come out yet,” Mahangana said.
Prosecutor Dorah Ngobeni appealed to the court to act decisively against the abuse of women and children, particularly Emeka, who used his position of trust in devotees to assault people.
The court ordered that his name be added to the National Sex Offenders Registry and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.