Bishop Zondo’s rape trial set to start from 15 to 26 November

Controversial Rivers of Living Waters Ministries head, 55-year-old Archbishop Stephen Bafana Zondo’s rape matter was postponed by the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.

National prosecuting authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the matter has been set to get underway from 15 to 26 November 2021 for trial.

“This is after the defence attorneys indicated to the court that they were not ready to proceed with the trial today as the matter was previously postponed for pre-trial.

“They had also brought an application to court that the court should grant them permission to force the CRL Commission to give them recordings or transcripts for the witnesses. However, the court denied their application,” Mahanjana said, adding that the NPA is ready to proceed with the trial.

Zondo is facing charges of rape, contravening the Sexual Offences Act as well as defeating the ends of justice.

Mahanjana has previously said that Zondo faces nine counts.

“It is alleged that one of the victims that Bishop Zondo allegedly repeatedly raped is a family member. It is alleged that Bishop Zondo raped the victim in 1980 while she was eight or nine years old, while other victims that were allegedly raped and, or sexually assaulted by him were members of his congregation,” Mahanjana said previously.

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