Pastor Luthando Matodlana from God is Love Ministry in Motherwell, Gqeberha, South Africa, is now a r3pist in the eyes of the law.
Magistrate Aubrey Mashigo found Matodlana guilty in the Motherwell regional court of r3ping a 22-year-old man in 2013.
In her judgment, Mashigo said the National Prosecuting Authority’s team had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the former Mpuma Kapa TV resident pastor was guilty.
Matodlana’s victim told the court shortly after meeting the pastor they spoke on Mxit in January 2013.
He said the pastor invited him to his Motherwell home between February and March. After sitting in the lounge for a brief period Matodlana invited him to his bedroom.
Once in the bedroom, both men sat on the bed and had a brief conversation before Matodlana attempted to kiss him.
The victim testified that Matodlana told him to undress and his refusal outraged the pastor. He said he had been fearful of Matodlana, who made him undress, pulled him onto the bed and forced him to lie face down.
The pastor then r3ped him.
Matodlana denied throughout the trial that he had r3ped the man.
During the trial, Matodlana accused his victim of being a gay s3x worker who had attempted to extort money from him.
However, Mashigo rejected the pastor’s allegations against his victim saying they could not be accepted and were false.
The pastor’s victim took to Facebook to share the details of his s3xual assault.
Not long after the post was shared Matodlana threatened to file defamation and extortion complaints with the police, saying his accuser had slandered him and demanded he pays him to keep quiet about the incident.
The man says a day or two after posting about his ordeal a police officer asked him to come to the police station to file a complaint of r3pe.
A meeting later took place between the man, the police and Matodlana, and the pastor’s accuser had agreed to remove the post.
The pastor’s victim lodged a r3pe complaint against Matodlana on 23 June 2020 after being advised to do so by concerned friends.
Matodlana was arrested on 1 October 2020 and released on bail the same day. He was formally charged in court on 29 October when he pleaded not guilty.