Four alleged rapists, molesters granted bail

The magistrate granted bail, saying the case against the four accused wasn’t strong enough.

FILE: The four men are expected back in court on 17 March. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - Four men accused of raping and molesting a nine-year-old boy at a church in Boksburg were granted bail in the Germiston Magistrates Court.

The boy's grandparents, his uncle and a priest have been implicated and appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon.

The magistrate granted bail, insisting the case against the accused was not strong enough and gave the state time to investigate further.

The suspected satanic ritual allegedly happened at the Full Gospel Church of God in Boksburg.

The case was originally opened in 2013, but not pursued until the police's occult-unit stepped in.

It was revealed in court on Monday that the abuse occurred over a period of several years and that the child and his parents had been threatened multiple times by the alleged perpetrators.

The four are expected back in court on 17 March.

Earlier on Tuesday, calls were made for bail to be denied in the case.

Germaine Vogel from Women and Men Against child Abuse said they would oppose bail.

"No matter what you call this, it is a rape of a very young child."