Apostolic Church Bishop

Bishop Jabu Ndaba / Photo via Facebook

Apostolic Church Bishop sentenced to life behind bars for raping a minor

Bishop Jabu Ndaba has a dark criminal history.

Apostolic Church Bishop

Bishop Jabu Ndaba / Photo via Facebook

Jabu Ndaba, the 52-year-old leader of the Trinity Apostolic Church, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a minor.

According to The African Reporter, Ndaba was found guilty of two counts of rape of a minor back in July. His sentencing was handed down by the Springs Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Added to the life sentence, Ndaba was handed a further 10 years for assault by Magistrate Khensane Moila.

Apostolic Church Bishop threatened victim with ‘divine punishment’

Ndaba’s victim, who was 15 years old at the time, and her family were congregants of the Trinity Apostolic Church. According to court documents and testimonies, the sexual assaults began in 2015 and continued until November 2016.

The victim’s aunt discovered the nefarious sexual attacks which led to charges being laid against Ndaba. The Church bishop was arrested and subsequently pleaded not guilty.

However, court testimony revealed the Bishop’s dastardly sexual grooming act, which involved threatening the 15-year-old with ‘divine punishment’. According to the victim, Bishop Ndaba told her that she would be punished by God if she revealed the illicit ‘relationship’ to anybody else.

Ndaba claimed to have ‘divine power’ which could destroy his teenage victim. The girl testified to her helplessness, claiming that the Bishop’s threats had convinced her not to approach the South African Police Service (SAPS) or her family for help.

The victim’s mother said that although she was content with the court’s final verdict, she regrets ever trusting the Bishop. She also thanked the community for their support during the lengthy trial.

Bishop Jabu Ndaba’s sordid sexual history

During the trial, the Springs Magistrate’s Court heard that Ndaba had previously been convicted of the rape of a minor, for which he served a six-year sentence.

Ndaba was acquitted of similar charges while in Phuthaditshaba, Free State, in 2007.

Ndaba is due to reappear in the Springs Magistrate’s Court on 10 December, where he is facing two more rape charges.

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