Pastor gets two life terms for rape

Pastor gets two life terms for rape

The Pretoria High court sitting in Palm Ridge has sentenced a pastor from the Jehovah Jireh Church to two life terms for rape. 

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Frank Tshabalala was given 15 years direct imprisonment for statutory rape, ten years for theft and one-year direct imprisonment for assault. 


The 34-year-old raped a 14-year-old girl in Carletonville, Gauteng in 2018 and lured some of his other victims on Facebook promising them jobs before raping them.


National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said Tshabalala pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him during the trial. 


"He claimed he was in a love relationship with all the victims including the 14-year-old girl who was still a virgin at the time of the incident", said Mahanjana.


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