The self-proclaimed apostle, Hlumelo Dywili, 35, faced multiple charges of human trafficking and charges of compelling and causing a person to witness a sexual offence.
The court found him guilty on four counts of rape, two counts of human trafficking and one count of compelling and causing a person to witness a sexual offence.
Dywili was arrested in August 2021 by police in Bizana but the matter was later referred to the East London-based Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations’ (Hawks) Serious Organised Crime Investigation team.
According to the Eastern Cape spokesperson for the Hawks, Captain Yolisa Mgolodela, the investigation uncovered four women between the ages of 20 and 24 who had fallen victim to Dywili’s scam.
“Dywili allegedly used his Facebook account to lure victims under false pretences that he was going to offer them non-existent jobs.
“He also used the Nkonjane community radio station in Flagstaff, purporting to be an anointed prayer warrior who helps people to get healed and get solutions to daily life strife.