The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) says Parliament was warned about the cult in the Eastern Cape where police shot and killed 7 members of the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry.
The police raided the church premises after they received a tip off that the church was harbouring suspects involved in the killing of five police officers at eNgcobo Police Station.
Chairperson of the Commission, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, says the details of the church were released to Parliament in June last year stating their concerns around the operation of the church.
She says members of the community were leaving their homes and taking their life savings to go and stay at this church led by 7 young men.
People were taking all their belongings including their pension funds and handing them to these seven young men and wait for Jesus Christ...— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, Chairperson of the CRL Commission
Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says the commission is calling for the regulation of religious practitioners just like lawyers, teachers and doctors.
We need a peer review mechanism for the religious sector where the senior people can monitor the system and if there is anything unusual happening they can call in the person and say what you are doing is outside the framework.— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, Chairperson of the CRL Commission
If the person insist, like they do with the lawyers and doctors, they can say you are not allowed to be a pastor or prophet anymore.— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, Chairperson of the CRL Commission
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