A Zimbabwean self-styled prophet, Shepherd Mbwazvo appeared before Shurugwi Magistrate Sithabile Zungula for allegedly raping a client after misrepresenting to her that he was healing her of pains experienced during menstruation.
The matter reportedly came to light after the 21-year-old victim became pregnant.
34-year-old Mbwazvo was remanded in custody to October 6, 2021.
It was gathered that Mbwazvo took his client to Dunraven Falls in Boterekwa, Shurugwi where the alleged cleansing ceremony took place.
The State represented by Kwanele Njini alleges that on an unknown date during April 2021 at Dunraven where many churches carry out cleansing ceremonies, the accused separated the complainant from the rest and took her to a secluded place.
Further allegations are that Mbwazvo ordered the complainant to remove her clothes and lie on the ground to enable him to apply some medicine to her private part.
Masvingo Mirror reported that the Court heard that the complainant complied and the accused applied an unknown substance on her.
It was in that State that the prophet then inserted his organ into the complainant without her consent.