“One day I was drunk and I went around to my niece's place. She was alone and ... I threw her on the bed and raped her." That is the startling admission of 24-year-old Moses Tau, now serving time in a prison; but it is not the most important part of his story.
Moses had many of the disadvantages of a poor home environment. His parents were separated, his father drank, he didn't do well at school, leaving without gaining a *matric certificate, and he ended up doing small jobs that paid little and left him feeling useless and angry.
This led inevitably to a life of crime.
"I was addicted to lying, stealing, alcohol, pride and sexual immorality," Moses admits. "I did things my own way. I didn't want anyone to tell me what to do. I thought I knew everything.
"I was an alcoholic and I wouldn't listen to my parents."
When things came to a head and he was convicted of rape and sent to prison, Moses realised that he needed to get his life right and stop doing bad things. In order to find peace of mind, he started attending church every Sunday, reading the Bible every day and attending spiritual programmes put on by the prison.
"I found verses in the Bible that showed me that God loved me and could forgive me for all the wrong things I had done. I read 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says that when you accept Jesus' salvation, you become a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.
"I read that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again so that it would be possible for me to be forgiven."
Although Moses had been baptised in a church as a teenager, he admits that it had made no difference to his lifestyle and he was still in spiritual darkness, not yet understanding what having a saving faith in Jesus Christ meant.
"On the 14th of June, 2015 I accepted Jesus and the salvation He offered. I was born again spiritually as a child of God. My heart was changed and now I enjoy freedom in Christ and live for God," Moses declares.
Now he is actually grateful for prison because it taught him who God really is and how he could start a relationship with Him.
"God changed me. He taught me to forgive others, and how to love others and Him. Now I am a friendly person. I am not filled with anger anymore and I have apologised to my niece for raping her.
"I read my Bible every day. It tells me that Jesus is love and without Him we cannot live life as God wants us to, or enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven one day," Moses explains.
He paraphrases John 3:16: "For God so loved the people of this world that He sent Jesus in our place to die for us, so that we can have eternal life."
Now Moses understands true love. "God is love," he asserts.•