A cheating pastor involved in a love triangle case before the Taung Customary court has offered P3000 as a bribe to keep his allegedly sleazy sex life from becoming public knowledge.
As details of the affair emerged, the pastor who is the head of the Praise Tabernacle church in Mogoditshane, offered the cash incentive to the only reporter covering the case.
In a desperate attempt to retain his credibility as head of the church, love cheat Pastor Letty Sebutlana offered a cash incentive to keep the story of his infidelity out of this newspaper.
Assuming an ‘impoverished’ journalist could not refuse the P3000 bribe, he made his move without realizing his conversation was being recorded.
The offer followed a court case in which his embattled wife Mpho is suing Kebapetswe Mauco, who is a member of her husband’s flock, for wrecking her marriage. Sebutlana is the head of the Praise Tabernacle Centre, Mogoditshane, a church he founded in 2009 after leaving the Apostolic Faith Mission.
The 35-year-old pastor first approached this reporter last Wednesday at the Taung customary court minutes after Nyakale Linchwe adjourned the case to the next day. On a drive to Mochudi he said the case was nothing but a plot by his wife and her family to destroy his good name.
“If this story gets published it will do a lot of damage to my name. I want you to help me, but not for nothing,” the man of God said.
To gain time he was then told that there would have to be a consultation with the newspaper’s editor before a decision could be made. It was at that meeting that a plan to record the conversation and expose the bribe was made.
The next day his alleged mistress and himself gave evidence dismissing as lies Mpho’s testimony that she had found her husband at her rival’s house lying on a couch next to used condoms, whilst ogling Mauco who had stripped down to a G-sting. After the proceedings Pastor Sebutlana again offered to drive this reporter to Mochudi, suggesting he waits for him at the Taung bus stop so as not to arouse suspicion.
On the trip to Mochudi he once again implored that we do our best to keep his name clean and protect him from the malicious intents of his wife and in-laws. He promised: “I do not have a lot of money, but will get something soon. I am in the process of selling this car and I can give you something from the proceeds. I am also expecting some money from a cousin,” he said.
An arrangement was made to meet last Saturday when he returned from business in Francistown. The meeting eventually took place on Tuesday when we made contact in the presence of another Voice colleague. He did not want us to talk in a very public place and agreed that we drive to St Joseph’s College and back.
Unaware that the conversation was being recorded, he again repeated his proposal. He offered P3000, pleading that he would have offered as much as P100, 000 if his financial status was not that of a ‘church mouse.’
He claimed he would produce the cash as soon as funds were made available from the imminent sale of his car, adding that by helping him we would be creating a ‘profitable brotherhood.’
“We are people and you never know what may come in the future. One day it might be one of you guys needing help from me,” he said as he dropped us back at the office believing we would call to tell him we had succumbed to the temptation of his offer.
Meanwhile Taung Customary Court President Linchwe is due to deliver his judgment in the case today.
Check out audio clip of the secret recording here:
Oct 10, 2014