Betrayal of trust: Popular prophet arrested for sodomising 11-year-old boy


Betrayal of Trust: Self-proclaimed prophet arrested for alleged sodomy of 11-year-old boy

In a disturbing incident that echoes the adage of sheep living in fear of wolves only to be devoured by their shepherd, a self-styled prophet affiliated with the Johane Masowe Apostolic Church in Esigodini has been accused of sodomizing an 11-year-old boy who belonged to his congregation.

The accused, Khayaelihle Ntini, was apprehended following the heinous act and recently made an appearance in court, facing charges of aggravated indecent assault. Esigodini magistrate Menelisi Linda did not ask him to plead.

Ntini has been remanded in custody until January 4, 2024, when he is scheduled to appear at the Gwanda Regional Court for routine remand proceedings.

According to reports, Ntini was allegedly invited to the victim’s residence, where the family sought his assistance in exorcising goblins that were believed to be tormenting them. It is alleged that Ntini visited the family’s homestead and performed a cleansing ritual before returning to his own place later in the afternoon.

In a distressing turn of events, the victim’s uncle departed for Bulawayo that evening and requested that the young boy spend the night at the prophet’s dwelling. Obliging the uncle’s request, the child slept at Ntini’s place. However, during the night, the accused allegedly woke up and perpetrated the act of sodomy on the unsuspecting boy.

The following day, the boy returned home, and upon his father’s arrival from Lupane, he bravely disclosed the traumatic experience to his father. The concerned father immediately accompanied his son to the police station, where they reported the incident, leading to Ntini’s subsequent arrest.

The accused prophet, who had been entrusted with spiritual guidance and protection, now faces the full weight of the law.

Nokukhanya Moyo appeared for the State.

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