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Family members of psychiatric patients who died earlier this year hold an ‘Esidimeni 37’ prayer vigil outside Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s offices yesterday. The 37 patients died after being transferred from Life Esidimeni into the care of NGOs. Findings of the investigation into the tragedy would be released next month, health ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba said. Picture Creditc: Antonio Muchave. ©Sowetan
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Zimbabwean church leader gets 50 year sentence for raping congregants

By Sapa-AP | 2014-02-05 07:34:38.0

Zimbabwean court officials say a church leader has been sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment for raping female congregants, forcing them to engage in sex orgies at his home, and for possessing pornography.

According to court documents viewed Tuesday, Magistrate Hosea Mujaya described Robert Gumbura, leader of RMG Independent End of Time Message, a religious sect, as a "wolf in sheep's skin" who abused his followers' trust.

It is alleged Gumbura coerced the women to perform sex orgies with him threatening to "commit them into Satan's hands" if they refused.

Gumbura, 57, who has 11 wives married under cultural tradition, and 30 children, pleaded not guilty to the charges maintaining the sexual acts were consensual and led to marriage if the women became pregnant, as part of his sect's doctrine.

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