| ‘Prophet, you betrayed me by raping my wife, sister’

  • The husband of a girl who used to be allegedly raped by the chief of Heaven International Fellowship church, says issues grasp by no draw been the identical of their marriage.
  • The husband told the CRL Commission that his family had been threatened since they fled the church’s mission. 
  • The witnesses grasp claimed the chief’s very manipulative and that even potentially the most educated folks that are congregants fell for his tricks. 

“Samuel Paul Heaven, I did nothing to you. I respected [and] honoured you, nevertheless you betrayed my belief by raping my wife and my sister.”

These were the words of heartbroken husband, Joseph Tshukudu, at the Commission for the Promotion and Safety of the Rights of Cultural, Spiritual and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) on Thursday.

He testified in opposition to the chief of Heaven International Fellowship church chief Bahlakwana Moleko, identified as Samuel Paul Heaven. 

The church chief is at the centre of explosive allegations of sexual and financial exploitation, and human trafficking at the hearing, chaired by Professor David Mosoma. 

Tshukudu’s wife, Sonia, earlier testified that she used to be allegedly raped on two instances by the “prophet” – on 6 and 10 October 2020. 

The commission additionally heard that the chief of the church, located in Meyerton, Johannesburg, used to be manipulative and that his phrase and directions were closing and can simply be adopted. 

Moleko used to be described as authoritarian and most steadily spoke down to folks that lived at the mission.

When he rapid folks to peek him, they curiously needed to escape to him. 

Tshukudu told the commission: 

Once you happen to disobey this man, you disobey God.


Tshukudu testified that he had attended the church since 2015 and used to be very animated in the ministry – to the extent he used to be called in by Moleko – nevertheless he had no belief issues would flip sour to the level that he now feared for his and his family’s lives. 

The congregant, who is a college lecturer, told the commission that they were requested to dart in to the church’s mission dwelling final year during the nationwide lockdown. 

He acknowledged he had moved in with his wife, little one who attends major college, and sister. 

Tshukudu acknowledged after they moved to the mission dwelling, he seen a spread of queer issues, including that all individuals who lived there ate spinach and rice for supper – each day. 

He acknowledged when he first moved in with his family, Moleko told him that “you spend what is being eaten here”.

READ | Rape, forced contraception and financial exploitation – CRL hears of church chief’s alleged sins

He acknowledged the chief’s teachings about money were continuously in accordance with sacrifice. 

“He would disclose, after we enter the characteristic, we must the least bit times enter by sacrifice. In several words, we must the least bit times give our all. So with my wage, I needed to present all the pieces after paying the loan and college bills. I might per chance possibly now not even attain the relaxation for myself. I even needed to clutch groceries for myself and the parents that were there [mission house].” 

He acknowledged the church chief continuously encouraged them to “sow a seed”. 

Tshukudu added that Moleko used to be continuously at his cottage at the church, which additionally made them suspicious because they puzzled when he used to be spending time with his wife and young folks.

He acknowledged the prophet’s instructing used to be additionally “deceiving” and suspicious in that no subject they did, whether or now not they “killed, capture for the Kingdom of God”, they were aloof called righteous.

Tshukudu’s wife testified that Moleko allegedly raped her in his cottage. She testified he made her undress and pray, sooner than inserting his fingers interior her non-public substances. 

The person acknowledged: 

Numerous folks that are below this prophet are now not fools. They are educated, nevertheless we don’t know what comes over us after we are in that characteristic. I went there to peep God, to design nearer to God. I did now not dart there for my wife to be raped.


It used to be only after his sister had revealed that the church chief had allegedly raped her, that his wife additionally revealed what had took characteristic to her.

But Tshukudu acknowledged he had seen his wife’s behaviour changed sooner than that and that she began asking questions about what had led his spirit to the church. 

The husband acknowledged when he belief abet to the dates his wife used to be allegedly raped, they were on a 10-day fasting stint – and were now not drinking and drinking water.  

Tshukudu acknowledged their lives had by no draw been the identical after they fled the church in the wake of the alleged abuse.

He acknowledged they now lived in wretchedness, including there used to be additionally an are trying to petrol bomb his parent’s dwelling in Welkom. 

“We’re now not the identical as a pair. We fight over little issues. This man is after my family, tormented my folks, tormented me emotionally. He took all the pieces from me, nevertheless aloof needs to attain abet and threaten me.

“I thank God for this likelihood that now not much less than we spoke it publicly. Although he doesn’t dart to penal advanced, nevertheless we uncovered him,” he acknowledged. 

Tshukudu acknowledged Moleko had additionally called them, threatening to fracture them. 

News24 contacted the church earlier on Thursday to talk to Moleko about the allegations made in opposition to him at the commission, nevertheless a girl who answered the phone acknowledged he used to be on a “prayer mountain” and unavailable. 

While the lady acknowledged the church would contact News24 once he returned, calls to the church again in the afternoon were left unanswered. 

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