Suspected of being gay, man is brutally beaten in SA church

Suspected of being gay, man is brutally beaten in SA church February 3, 2018

Members of the Ebuhleni Nazareth Baptist Church in South Africa stand accused of beating Dumisani Ngcobo, above, after accusing him of being gay.
The 43-year-old from Emaswazini, near Pietermaritzburg, claimed in this report that the assault took place in January and that he was not given a chance to explain that he was not a homosexual.

I’m not gay. I’ve never had any relationship with the same gender as myself.  I don’t even know the man they accuse me of sleeping with with.

He explained that the man he was accused of molesting was a stranger who needed a place to sleep. He welcomed him into his tent outside the church.

We were lying down when I mistakenly touched him while I was looking for my phone. In the morning I was called by preachers who told me the man had told them I sexually harassed him. I tried explaining, but they didn’t listen and started beating me with sticks.

Ngcobo said he wanted his name cleared so he could go back to church.  His brother Sipho, 45, confirmed that that Ngcobo is not gay.

He’s not married, but he does have a girlfriend.

Church spokesperson Thokozani Mncwabe said he was unaware of the incident.

But I’ll contact the man to get the full details.

He said the church is against people being beaten.

I believe the people who did this were amateurs.  Real leaders know the correct procedure to follow if a member breaks the rules.

Another report claims that Ngcobo was by no means the only victim of violence at the church; that he was of 50 men beaten who have been beaten for being gay – and made to pay damages for bringing the church into disrepute.
Ngcobo said the church’s  preacher had warned him that if he didn’t plead guilty he would be killed.

I did admit I touched him. I was saving my life. I said I touched him intentionally. After that I was called into a room. The preacher told me to take off my church robe.
I lay down on a straw mat. He took a huge stick and started beating me. I was beaten from the head to the legs. He went on until I was helpless. I was numb and I was bleeding from head to toe. He told me to leave and never look back.

Another of the victims, who did not want to be named, confirmed that men accused of being gay had been beaten at the church.

They used sticks. We were taken into hospitals close to homes. My family knows but they are silencing everything. They are scared of shaming the church. But we have been silent enough about this. Being gay does not mean we are not humans.

Sipho Ngcobo added:

We were shocked when he [Dumisani] arrived home. He was severely bleeding from the head. My aunt had to take care of the wounds and the bleeding.

Hat  tip: BarrieJohn

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  • 1859

    Beat out the cancer devils! Beat and whip the heart attack sprites! Get them out! And as for a man touching another man,this sickness has to be treated by the loving kindness of Jesus who wants all gays whipped until their flesh drips from the walls and they have embraced eternal death and beyond!
    What a bad dream that was – I thought I was back in the days of the Spanish Inquisition – but no, it is 2018….isn’t it?

  • L.Long

    Yes! “shit hole” countries! But not because of the general populace, but because of the various religious talibans in charge of the areas!! Anyone who thinks xtianiaty is better than isLame has not been paying attention!

  • Stephen Mynett

    Agree L.Long, the only difference is the Evangelicals do not, at the moment, go in for suicide bombing and general terrorism, although they do have violent moments. I think some are secretly jealous of the Islamic nutters.
    In the days of Charlemagne and the early Christian “converters” they had to make do with swords and axes but I am sure AK47s would have been used had they had them.

  • Broga

    One of the more disgusting aspects of the violence is that these Baptists would inflict their beating with righteous enthusiasm and in the belief that in indulging their sadism they were earning brownie points from their God.
    I decided to watch a half hour programme last night on the work of a vicar. If you wanted to make a case for the C. of E. not surviving then this was it. Empty churches, elderly members, no young people interested and a hopeless attempt of the endlessly, embarrassingly smiling curate to suck meaning out of a series of community bun fights. This was dire.

  • Rob Andrews

    Mahatma Gandhi reputedly said: ” Christianity may be non violent, but it doesn’t work well in practice”.
    I wish i could remember where I saw that statement. I think it was from the ‘Atheist Empire’ website.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘Real leaders know the correct procedure to follow if a member breaks the rules.’
    Yep. Keep it quiet from secular authorities.

  • barriejohn

    “Suspected”; “accused”: as if he’s a bloody criminal!

  • John the Drunkard

    Not surprising that claiming the victim ‘has a girlfriend’ is offered in his defense.
    Isn’t extra-marital sex supposed to be an abomination too?