Yet another rape charge has been filed against the controversial man of the cloth, Bishop Stephen Zondo of Rivers of Living Waters Ministries after his niece alleged that he raped her. “Bishop Zondo Raped Me” – Niece Files Rape Charges 40 Years Later, Claims He Gave Her R1 Bribe
The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) is already looking into the Bishop after two female former church members who filed rape and sexual assault charges against the Bishop said the cases had been withdrawn without their consent.
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Zondo’s niece who was 6-years at the time of the alleged crime, opened a case of rape against the bishop at the Booysens police station last week Friday and the docket was transferred to the Evaton police station for investigation. She claimed that the Bishop raped her on at least 3 occasions.
According to the Sunday World, she said her grandmother, who was pregnant at the time, went to her parent’s place when she was suffering from pregnancy-related complications, leaving her under the care of Zondo.
She said she was playing outside the house with other children when Zondo, whom she referred to as “Uncle Fani Zondo”, invited her into one of the bedrooms.
“He told her to climb onto the bed and he pulled her legs, undressing her and himself. He started playing with his penis, put Vaseline [petroleum] on his penis and around her vagina. He then penetrated inside her vagina [sic],” reads the statement.
“The complainant screamed louder and he stopped and ordered her not to tell anyone and gave her R1 coin and many sweets. After some days he repeated three times until she ran away.
She said she broke her silence in 2000 when she told her brother about the incident. Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Mavela Masondo confirmed that the niece has opened a case of rape. “A case of rape has been opened. No arrest has been made,” said Masondo.