Church elders refute victim's claims in rape case from 1970

A 54-year-old woman has accused a Kraaifontein pastor of raping her in 1970, when she was eight-years-old.

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CAPE TOWN – Church elders testifying in the trial against a Kraaifontein grandfather accused of raping a minor in 1970 have dismissed allegations of abuse as "blatant lies".

Two former church elders testified in defense of a 77-year-old accused of sexually assaulting his accuser when she was eight-years-old.

He’s been charged with two counts of rape dating back to 1970.

The two senior members of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Mission Church took to the stand to dispute the victim’s version of events.

The first witness, an 86-year-old woman claims the victim never approached her in 1970 to report a rape.

She stressed that the victim had lied to paint the accused in a bad light.

It earlier emerged in court that the accused also allegedly raped the victim during a church gathering in Oudtshoorn later that year.

This was denied by the second witness, who testified that no church meetings were held in 1970 because the new church had not yet been established.

During her testimony in camera last month, the 54-year-old accuser claimed the defendant tried to buy her silence with ice-cream and a packet of chips at the time.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)