A prophet caught on Sunday afternoon fondling a protesting woman’s private parts in the middle of the bush along Plumtree road, feigned death to save himself from the wrath of assailants.
According to one of the assailants, Ability Ngwenya, while taking to short-cut to a supermarket alongside his friends, they saw the 44-year-old prophet, Trevor “White” Shumba praying for 28-year-old Beatrice Nkala while fondling her br**sts.
“We were shocked to see such a thing happening and it angered us to think this is what happens to our wives when they go to these prophets for intercession. We stopped for a while to see what would happen next. That is when the woman was startled over what the so-called man of God was doing to her and started protesting,” he said.
Despite the woman’s protest, the prophet continued fondling her forcefully, so he and his friends rushed to save her.
They battered the man until he pretended to be dead. When the prophet heard they were planning to take him to the police station, he quickly got up and tried to escape but he was caught.
Ngwenya said they dragged the prophet to the police where he was arrested and after a stubborn denial of any offence, he admitted to have physically abused Nkala and other women as well.
The victim, Nkala told the police that she did not expect that from Shumba as he was a man of God.
“I have always respected Shumba as my prophet and I never expected he would act that way. He has disgraced our church name and I refuse to be a victim because I am a Christian woman. My body is God’s temple,” Nkala said, adding that if not for Ngwenya and his friends, only God knows what could have happened.
The police said the matter will be dealt with by the court of law as cases of women abuse and r*pe are on the rise.