District Bishop for the Methodist City Mission in Pretoria, Themba Mntambo has confirmed allegations of sexual harassment have been lodged against a church steward.
These allegations were brought to the attention of church officials late last year.
On Sunday, a group of protesters disrupted a church service when they got on stage in the middle of the steward’s announcement to the congregants.
A video of the demonstration has gone viral on social media.
Two of the protesters can be seen holding placards with the words “Stop Pledging Thokoza Statement” and another “Stop Sexual Harassment”.
Can we make this video viral.These brave young ladies standing up against a man sexual harassing girls of different ages at church.Instead of getting support and being protected,they were forcefully removed and called lies.This happened yesterday at City Mission Methodist Church pic.twitter.com/dLnLAloldA— Pink Barbie (@Ms_Hloni) January 29, 2018
Mntambo says the accusations were resolved but couldn't say what the outcome was.
In fact two retired ministers were appointed to handle the matter, at that time it seemed as if the matter was resolved.— Themba Mntambo, District Bishop for the Methodist City Mission
We agreed that we will continue to investigate and find out exactly what it was that was resolved.— Themba Mntambo, District Bishop for the Methodist City Mission
I have informed the leaders that there is a sexual harassment policy that needs to be followed.— Themba Mntambo, District Bishop for the Methodist City Mission
He says the steward will be suspended amid investigations.
We will inform him that he needs to step down from leadership until the matter is resolved.— Themba Mntambo, District Bishop for the Methodist City Mission
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