A young woman has exposed a pastor who forced her to sleep with him under the guise of offering her spiritual help.
The South African woman identified as 36-year-old Yvonne Smith, accused Pastor Bongani Manyisa of deceiving her and forcefully having sex with her, after offering her spiritual help.
Smith who had gone to Manyisa while she was searching for healing after she suffering from a stroke, said she had 'paid' for it by sleeping with the pastor, and also buying him a R20 000 (N453,000) piano. According to her, the healing was scheduled to take place over several months, and the pastor had made sexual advances towards her and eventually slept with her repeatedly while 'healing' her.
Smith who hails from Orlando East in Soweto, said she made up her mind to expose Manyisa eventually. She met the church council who ended up sacking the pastor from his position.
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Here's what Smith said:
“I suffered a stroke last August. I was in and out of hospital but was not getting any better. I was invited to the church where the pastor concentrated on me and prayed for me. After I got better, the pastor started making sexual and financial demands. I could not face going back to the pain that I felt while I was sick, because I could tell he was powerful. He kept poking me for months until I said ‘enough.”
Responding to the allegations against him, Pastor Manyisa said:
“I have a protection order against her because she harasses me all the time. She cost me my place at the church. She just wants to see me suffer. I don’t owe her anything. I thought it was just her gratitude for helping her during her healing process. Now I just want to recover from all this. Despite not being part of that church anymore I still have God’s calling and will continue to help people.”
According to Nametso Mofokeng, a spokeswoman from Manyisa's former church, the church had thoroughly investigated the matter before reaching their decision. She said:
“After receiving the complaint, investigations were launched into the matter. Findings of the investigations led to the pastor being laid off his duties because of an alleged breach. As the church, we are sensitive when it comes to disciplinary matters and we had to terminate his contract of service as he was voluntary staff.”
Hmmm... Na wa ooh!