Pastor implicated in sex scandal threatens to take violent action over revelations made in The Voice today
A 76 year old church leader whose alleged extra marital affair was exposed recently in his church has threatened to burn down The Voice office and cripple the reporter working on the story if the newspaper made his love life public.
The healingspirit was distinctly lacking when incensed Bishop Modisaotsile Mothibi of the Eleven Apostle Healing Spirit Church in Francistown demanded to know why we were investigating complaints received from concerned church members.
PASTOR THREATENS VIOLENCE AS SEX SCANDAL ROCKS CHURCH
Bishop Modisaotsile Mothibi of the Eleven Apostle Healing Spirit Church in Francistown has threatened to take violent action against this newspaper if revelations over sex scandals involving him and senior church members were published.
The Bishop had been approached for a comment after a concerned member of his congregation reported the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the church in recent years.
The incident earlier month during an annual remembrance event called Segopotso, shocked the packed congregation when the bishop’s wife of six years confronted her husband’s alleged mistress in full view of hundreds that attended the service.
Rumours that Bishop Mothibi had been conducting an illicit affair with a choir member were already rife when things came to a head during the presentation of a certificate to the young woman for her fund raising efforts.
According to an eye witness (name known to this newspaper) after the bishop had presented the woman Sekhonzile Bathami, with her certificate, his wife Neo Mothibi reacted to the award.
“Immediately after announcing that Bathami had raised the most money and the crowd was giving her a round of applause, David Moopi (National Secretary General) called her to come forward
and receive her certificate. That was when Neo jumped up and grabbed it from Moopi, tearing it into bits and pieces. She was furious. It was happening right there on the pulpit in front of multitudes,” the witness said.
The source added: “The displeasure registered by Neo Mothibi on the state of sleazy sex across generations perpetrated by church leaders has been a long-time cry by several wives, who over the years have failed to have their husbands ‘zip up their pants’ when gazing on the wholesome younger Jezebels.”
When contacted for a comment furious Bishop Mothibi came to our Francistown office and threatened: “I am warning you! Should you publish this story in your paper I will come with my congregation here and burn down this place.
“And as for your reporter here, you will go back to your home a cripple,” charged the elderly Bishop He went on to say: “Why do you want to print such nonsense? It’s none of your business – this happened within the church and the matter is being dealt with internally.
Give me the names of your sources. I want to deal with them, so they know what kind of a person they are dealing with,” ranted Mothibi. Following further investigation, the bishop’s wife Neo Mothibi, who works in Maun
, confirmed that she indeed asked for the certificate from Archbishop Moleta.“ I queried why Sekhonzile Bathami was the only one to be awarded for taking part in a sponsored walk, but no one
could give me a proper explanation.
“To make matters worse it was my husband who had made the certificate and signed it. It’s true I am the one who tore it into shreds in front of the church leadership and the congregation,” Mothibi said.
She went on to add: “I got to know my husband was romantically involved with this woman in 2009. The young girl would phone and send text messages t
o my husband throughout the night. We wouldn’t catch a wink of sleep because Mothibi would not fail to respond to her calls or texts, come what may.
“Another thing that made me suspicious is that he would respond to her affectionately as ‘wangu’ (mine), but be through in a word or two, a sign he was not free to talk with her in my presence.” The 58-year-old agitated wife said she had often talked to her husband about his mischief, but he had always ignored her complaints, preferring to
slip away into the night to see his mistress.
“After I had continuously pestered him over his affair he eventually told me that Sekhonzile was the one who looked after him when he was sick since he claimed I refused to leave my job and stay with him in Francistown.”
She added: “I am not saying men do not have affairs, but most make sure that they hide it from their wives. But as for my husband, he would leave me in the house and come late in the night having taken a bath at Sekhonzile’s place.
Neo further revealed that the day after the embarrassing scene Mothibi told her it was over between the two of them. “He phoned me while I was driving back to Maun with my children and said I should know that this is the end between us. I don’t know what he meant by that,” said the disgruntled wife.
The church has previously featured as front page news in 2003 with accusations of chaining mentally retarded patients and ‘whipping’ them.