(Nomasakhe Ziqhamo and Nomazwe Sihlahla are at Beauty Hillock police station. The two came to open a case of rape against Pastor Mlungisi Mthetho, who they say raped Nomazwe Sihlahla while she went to attend a youth church meeting at Pastor Mlungisi Mthetho’s house.)

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Good morning, sir.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Good morning, young ladies.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: How are you, sir?

Police Mark Van Tonder: I am fine, and you girls?

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: We are very hurt by what one of church leaders did to my friend.

Police Mark Van Tonder: What did the church leader do to your friend?

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: The church leader is Pastor Mlungisi Mthetho. He raped Nomazwe Sihlahla when she was at his house last night.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Nomazwe, what you were doing at Pastor Mthetho’s house during the night?

(Police Mark Van Tonder starts taking important information from the two girls by writing on a notepad.)

Nomazwe Sihlahla: Yesterday I went to Pastor Mthetho’s house at eight. Nomasakhe texted me a message and told me that she wouldn’t be coming to the meeting. After I told Pastor Mthetho that Nomasakhe wouldn’t be coming to the meeting, he started touching me on my breasts and carried me to his bed and told me that I was very sweet.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Did you show him that you didn’t want to sleep with him?

Nomazwe Sihlahla: I did cry and told him that I didn’t want to sleep with him, but he didn’t give me any chance. He carried me to his bed, and I gave up and let him sleep with me.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Where was Pastor Mthetho’s wife and his other family members when he raped you?

Nomazwe Sihlahla: The Pastor’s wife and children are at the Eastern Cape for a holiday.

Police Mark Van Tonder: It’s fine. I will send two policemen to go to Pastor Mthetho’s house and bring him to the prison.

Nomazwe Sihlahla: I am scared of him. He was very stubborn and forced me to undress my clothes before he took me to his bed.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Nomazwe, we will send for a doctor so that the doctor can check whether you were raped and take some semen, blood and sperm that penetrated your vagina. Before that he will take Pastor Mthetho’s blood and check whether the blood matches the blood that penetrated your vagina. After that the case can go further.

Nomazwe Sihlahla: I am willing to go to the doctor.

Police Mark Van Tonder: How old are you?

Nomazwe Sihlahla: I am sixteen years old. I will turn seventeen in December. It’s just that I have big bones.

Police Mark Van Tonder: Can you estimate Pastor Mthetho’s age?

Nomazwe Sihlahla: He is around thirty six.

Police Mark Van Tonder: What he did was a disgrace. I will send a van that will take him to jail. You may leave now. Pastor Mthetho will be locked in jail soon.


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