Heavy sentence for a pastor who sexually assaulted boys

Nathaniel Kubheka took advantage of the boys by portraying himself as a reliable Pastor, where he would host revival crusades in different areas of KZN and across Mpumalanga provinces. 

The police in Mpumalanga said during the crusades, he would then make friends with the victims and lure them through social media platforms to visit him in Vosman near Witbank. 

“Around December 2015, Kubheka had already managed to build trust with his victims and even enticed them by promising to conduct special prayers in private for them. Once they arrived at his place, the accused would make sexual advances by touching their private parts. About five males then aged between 17 and 23, have fallen victims to this man’s conniving trap”.

The police were notified about Kubheka’s actions and they investigated the matter after cases were opened, where Kubheka was arrested on 27 January 2016. During trial, he could not succeed in defending himself against overwhelming evidence brought against him hence his well deserved sentence which was handed down as follows:

Count 1 – rape, sentenced to 10 years

Count 2 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years

Count 3 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years

Count 4 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years

Count 5 – sexual assault, sentenced to 10 years.

“When sentencing was handed down, the court indicated that Kubheka will not have an option to apply for a parole on count 1, 2 and 3 but he will instead languish effectively in prison for 30 years. Meanwhile count 4 and 5 will run concurrently with count 1, 2 and 3”. 

The accused was also found to be unfit to possess a firearm and his name will be entered into the register of sexual offenders.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has welcomed hefty sentences meted against the perpetrator, 

General Zuma has commended the police by the astute teams comprising investigators, Prosecution as well as the Judiciary which led to the hefty sentences. 

He has also praised the victims for their bravery in coming forward to open cases as well as testifying against the accused. ” We believe that the sentence will deter others from following the accused’s footsteps and we also trust that it will renew hope to victims of crime, ” said Zuma. 

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