Pastor Nokwanda Makwela was a source of hope and inspiration for South African woman after she spoke up about sexual violence perpetrated in churches. Makwela spoke to a group of woman who met in Cape Town who found the meeting encouraging.
Makwela is the leader of Kingdom Queens Church and met with women in the Gugulethu Library, along with Lieutenant-Colonel Ntombizodwa Cupido.
The meeting discussed an important issue challenging woman involved with churches in the country. The conversation about sexual abuse in churches is much-needed in light of the recent allegations of young girls being raped by pastors.
Makwela expressed that an alarming number of young girls have come to her and shared their experience of being abused by pastors and authorities of their churches, Briefly.co.za found.
Makwela says she was shocked to hear stories about pastors brazenly having sexual relations with children in front of congregations, and felt that something needs to be done about the issue.
Facebook user, Siwe Coka, wrote:
“It's critical for churches to be aware of the state of Gender Based Violence with all its configuration. Sexual grooming is prevalent in churches, working spaces,schools and in our own families systems.”
Lt.Col. Cupido added that young women should not feel coerced into having sex with pastors or church members and encouraged them to report the perpetrators to the police.
“It's not funny anymore. It's not normal, it will never be normal. Our daughters can not die in the hands of the enemy. In high schools girls are committing suicide. We can not be quiet about this matter,” the passionate pastor asserted.
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