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2022/05/27      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Gqeberha: 26 May  2022 - A 44-year-old ( 35 at the time of offence) Motherwell pastor was sentenced today in the Motherwell Regional court to 7-years imprisonment for raping  a 22 (now 31)  year-old man in 2013.

The victim became acquainted with the accused,  Luthando Matodlana via a social networking app-Mixit in January 2013. The victim visited Matodlana at his house between February and March 2013 during which time he was raped. After sharing  his experience  on social media in 2020, the victim  was advised  to open a case. In October 2020, Matodlana was arrested and subsequently released on bail.

Last week he was found guilty of rape and was immediately  remanded in custody until his sentencing today, 26/05.

Acting Nelson Mandela District Commissioner, Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso applauded the prowess of the Motherwell Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for ensuring  a prison sentence for the accused. ‘ Such sentencing brings hope to victims of sexual abuse and that justice will prevail no matter how long it takes,  making sure that perverted predators cannot hide behind a façade.  We encourage victims of Gender Based Violence to speak out against any form of abuse  and to expose those  responsible for such demeaning criminal acts,’ added Brig Kupiso.