THERE was chaos when Rivers of Living Waters Ministries leader Archbishop Stephen Zondo appeared in court on Tuesday, 14 September.

He was appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in Tshwane to face nine counts of rape, one of indecent assault and one of defeating the ends of justice.

Zondo was not able to address his supporters as there were other people demonstrating against him. He left the building after a brief appearance.

Mabochobocho Ramutubeli, the leader of Murendeni Supporting Victims movement, said: “We want to see justice take its course. We want to support victims and motivate them so they can be strong. It won’t be easy to testify against a powerful man like Zondo. We want him in jail for his crimes.”

The leader of River of Living Waters Ministries, ArchBishop Steven Zondo appeared at North Gauteng High Court for the third time. Photo by Aaron Dubeh joy for ArchBishop Steven Zondo. Photos by Aaron Dube

Protester Papi Maphutsi said Zondo must be jailed as what he did was wrong.

Church spokesman Baku Mpembe said: “The bishop is in high spirits. This has not affected us. We are standing in prayer as victory is guaranteed. God is on our side. Church members should remain positive and hopeful.”

Mpembe said everyone had a right to demonstrate.

“We don’t know why they are doing this, but we have nothing against them.” NPA spokeswoman Lumka Mahanjana said the state was ready to proceed, but agreed to a postponement. The case was postponed to 15 November.