A pastor from the North West is scheduled to appear in court next month on charges of murder and mutilation of a woman earlier this year.
Last week, Samuel John Noko, a pastor at the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), appeared in Moretele Magistrate’s Court, where the case was adjourned for further investigation. Noko will remain in police custody until his next appearance, according to NPA spokesperson in the North West Henry Mamothame.
Noko (34) allegedly poisoned Monni Monyeki (29) before killing her and removing some of her body parts in May of this year. He allegedly buried her in a shallow grave near a river in Mathibestad, North West South Africa.
Mamothame stated that Monyeki’s aunt notified the local police of her disappearance. She claimed Noko was the last person she saw with her niece. “The two allegedly left together to perform some rituals and shortly afterwards, Noko was spotted pushing Monyeki in a wheelbarrow after she had consumed a substance that made her dizzy. She allegedly disappeared after this incident,” he says.
Police questioned Noko about the woman’s disappearance a month later. “He pointed police to a shallow grave where he buried Monyeki. Some of the woman’s body parts were missing,” Mamothame says.
Noko was initially charged with murder, but a rape charge was later added after Monyeki’s 14-year-old relative filed a complaint against the accused. Mamothame stated that the rape allegedly occurred when Monyeki went missing.