Who is most susceptible to joining cults?

Following the killing of 7 members of the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry in the Eastern Cape, believed to be a cult, 702/CapeTalk's Ray White speaks to clinical psychologist Thabang Tlaka about the formation and operations of a cult.

The church was raided by police on Friday after they received a tip off that suspects believed to be involved in the killing of five police officers in Ngcobo Police Station were hiding in the church premises.

About 100 women and children were rescued from the church by police.

Read: Youngest cop killed at eNgcobo police station had just 2 months on the job

People are more susceptible to cults when they in a transitional period... where people don't necessarily have a sense of purpose or when somebody is not as assertive.

Thabang Tlaka, Clinical Psychologist

Anybody can get involved in a cult, it is not necessarily somebody who is educated or uneducated, it depends on someone's character and where they are in life.

Thabang Tlaka, Clinical Psychologist

There are reports that some of the rescued people still want to go back to the church saying they see nothing wrong with it.

What happens with a cult is that one is isolated... so one's thoughts have been reformed. Remember they are isolated from society, they are being indoctrinated.

Thabang Tlaka, Clinical Psychologist

Once you have been indoctrinated, you struggle to think critically, you struggle to be an individual. You also struggle to leave and be on your own because there are certain ideas that are dominating, almost replacing the self.

Thabang Tlaka, Clinical Psychologist

Tlaka says when a family member is in a cult, they should be given support and find out what their need is because cults satisfy a certain need in life.

He says police should be involved if you believe their lives could be in danger.

To hear more of this conversation with Thabang Tlaka, listen below:


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