Pastor in South Africa gets 37 years in prison for rape

A South African pastor from Bronkhorstspruit has been sentenced to 37 years in jail for multiple offences, including rape, by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.  

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said 48-year-old William Emeka’s told victims they had problems, and he needed to pray for them and bless them to help them.

The court ordered that Emeka’s name be added to the National Register for Sexual Offenders. The 48-year-old was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

He raped and sexually assaulted five women who were members of his congregation between 2015 and 2018 in and around Bronkhorstspruit. One of Emeka’s victims also looked after his children.

Emeka told the woman babysitting his children that she would not conceive a child if she didn’t sleep with him.

Their assaults and rape only stopped after the victim’s women stopped attending church.

Emeka had also told the congregation that he made a pregnancy disappear.

Emeka’s conviction comes days after an Eastern Cape pastor was arrested for allegedly raping four teenage girls.

The girls were members of his church, and three of the victims grew up in his home because his wife is their maternal aunt.