The two grandparents, the 29-year-old uncle, and the 54-year-old pastor were granted bail of R4000 each in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, the Star reported on Wednesday.
Magistrate Sharlotte Sithole said the medical report from 2013, when the boy was seven years-old, had no indications of sexual abuse or penetration.
On Monday, investigating officer Lt-Col Hendrik de Jager described the boy’s ordeal and said interviews revealed that over a period, possibly several years, the child was allegedly raped and molested multiple times by the group.
He said that there were threats to the boy and his mother, but on Tuesday Sitole said that there was no evidence of the threats.
The Star reported that De Jager said the uncle and grandparents allegedly took the boy to the pastor’s church once, where the adults donned masks and red robes and made a circle with red stones.
They surrounded the child, “prayed in strange tongues” and the child was asked to touch their genitals. He was also allegedly penetrated from behind by his uncle.