‘PASTOR TIM OMOTOSO LIKES YELLOWBONES’

‘PASTOR TIM OMOTOSO LIKES YELLOWBONES’

The state called its first witness in the trial of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso.

Alleged rape victim Cheryl Zondi (22) from Mpumalanga took the stand in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday.

Omotoso (59), Lusanda Sulani (36) and Zukiswa Sitho (28) face 35 charges of human trafficking, 14 counts of rape and 10 charges of sexual assault.

Cheryl told the court she was 13 and in grade 7 when she was recruited to join Jesus Dominion International Church, where Omotoso is a senior pastor.

But her mum opposed her joining the church, claiming it was radical and would take up most of her time.

“I was lured to Omotoso’s house in Durban by a church member,” said Cheryl.

“When I arrived, 20 to 30 girls greeted and hugged him.

“He repeatedly raped me. The only time I would be free from satisfying him was when I had my periods, which I would have to report to him via SMS.”

10 October 2018 The First witness to testify In court on Wednesday was Cheryl Zondi, in the case against Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two coaccused – Lusanda Sulani, 36, and Zukiswa Sitho, 28.Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

She said after he raped her the first time, he told her what had happened between them was a covenant with God. The prosecutor asked Cheryl to describe Omotoso.

She said: “Omotoso likes yellow bones and everyone in church knows that. He noticed all the attractive girls in the church and he made sure he approached them and encouraged them to go to the mission house in Durban.”

“In the house he would call us cockroaches and tell us we should be grateful for what he had given us. We were starving and only ate once a day,” she said.

Omotoso was denied bail twice. He’s been in custody since his arrest last April.

Lusanda and Zukiswa are out on R2 000 bail. The trial was postponed to Monday.

Luvuyo Mehlwana / DailySun

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