Pastor's conscience is clear after raping & murdering woman

Pastor's conscience is clear after raping & murdering woman
Published: 2016 May 07 21:17:13 (7502 Views)
A 30-year-old Pastor and motivational speaker from South Africa has apologised for for raping and murdering a woman in 1999.

Lungisani Mafu and four others were convicted and charged with the crime against Chantal Pienaar.

Chantal was 20 years old when she bled to death after being raped and stabbed between railway lines near Fynnlands in Durban.

Mafu was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was released on parole in 2010.

On Friday, he opened up about the incident while filming a motivational DVD at Ethekwini Community Church in Durban.

"I killed an innocent young woman in cold blood.

"I was dead drunk and I have little recollection of what happened that day.

"When I woke up in the morning my clothes were still soaked in blood.

"I went into hiding but the cops eventually nabbed me," Mafu told the audience.

"I used to do drugs and carried an okapi knife.

"All this happened because my parents died when I was very young," he said.

Mafu said he has always wanted to apologise to the victim's family, but couldn't trace them.

"I am publicly apologising to the family and all those people that I've wronged.

"Wherever they are, they must know I'm very sorry for my actions," he said.

Mafu was previously in the spotlight when he was accused of impregnating a young woman from his church.

There was also controversy when he claimed to Daily Sun that his wife was abusing him.

However, the family of Chantal Pienaar say they will never forgive him.

Chantal's cousin Frikkie Morris sent an email to Daily Sun, saying the family will NEVER forgive him.

"Until the day I go to my grave I will never forget nor forgive Lungisani Mafu and the other four accused of raping my cousin Chantal Pienaar, aged 20 years old. I HOPE YOUR SOUL ROTS IN HELL!" he said in the e-mail.

"She had fresh stitches because she'd given birth in a Caesarian procedure. She was still in pain but the five men raped her, stabbed her to death and then put her body on a rail track for a train to run over her. Fortunately the train driver noticed her body."

When Daily Sun contacted Frikkie, he said: "I understand that we all make mistakes but what Mafu did was not a mistake. And now he calls himself a pastor. This makes me sick. He records a DVD and motivates about my sister's ordeal."

He made it clear that the family is not willing to meet Mafu, saying when Chantal's daughter was told about her mother's death, she attempted to commit suicide.

However, Mafu said his conscience is clear. "I can't force the family to forgive me. I was remorseful in court and pleaded guilty to raping and killing Chantal," he said.

"I'm done with this matter because I've served my jail term. I apologised because I wanted to show humanity." He said he became a pastor because he has a talent for preaching.

More than 200 000 Facebook readers read the article about Mafu's apology and hundreds commented.

Johnny Owethu said: "A few years down the line he gets released on parole but someone's life is gone. People like him deserve life sentences."

Tshwane Speleti said: "Being an orphan at a tender age doesn't make someone a murderer."

Thapelo Beja said: "To blame it on liquor and not having parents is just a lame excuse. He knew what he was doing." 

Source - Dailysun


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