Testifying in court for the second day of the televangelist’s formal bail application in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court‚ detective warrant officer Peter Plaatjies of the Hawks said the young girls were targeted because of their backgrounds – most came from broken homes and were considered vulnerable.
Plaatjies testified during the morning session that senior female members of the church would recruit the girls aged between 13 and 15 from various branches across the country. The recruits would then be taken to the church’s “mission house” in Durban were they would be coerced by the henchwomen “to comply with what the pastor wants”.
Plaatjies painted a morbid picture of how their first encounter with the pastor would go – he would first speak to them and ask them what they wanted from him. The girls were threatened that if they spoke out they would die or something would happen to their families.