Tzaneen - Pastor Confidence Monyela, 32, from Mariveni village near Nkowankowa outside Tzaneen, on trial for raping four young girls during prayer sessions, has pleaded not guilty to five charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault.
This was during his first appearance at Lenyenye Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
Prophet Monyela of Prophet Ministry Church in Burgersdorp was arrested on August 25 by members of the police’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Tzaneen.
He is alleged to have raped a 12-year-old girl, two 14 year-olds and a 16 year-old.
Monyela stands accused of having raped his victims inside the church on various occasions between December 2016 and August this year.