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'No substance to rape allegations at KwaSizabantu mission' - lawyer

1 December 2020 5:04 PM
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Weeks after a damning News24 investigation, a panel appointed by KSB has found that the controversial church is not a cult.

Lawyers for the controversial KwaSizabantu mission (KSB) in KwaZulu-Natal have defended the church against accusations that a recent panel investigation into the church lacked independence.

In September, News24 released a 7-month investigation into KwaSizabantu, which included affidavits from six women who claimed that they had been raped at the mission.

The mission subsequently appointed a panel to carry out its own investigation.

On Monday the panel released its report which found that while the mission is not a cult, its congregants follow the church leaders with blind faith.

Attorney Martus De Wet speaks on behalf of KwaSizabantu:

RELATED: News24 Adriaan Basson details KwaSizabantu 'cult and victims stories of abuse

It was an independent panel. These were forensic experts who had absolutely no dealing with the mission before they started their investigation.

Martus De Wet, Attorney for KwaSizabantu

They were peer sourced.

Martus De Wet, Attorney for KwaSizabantu

They were given a totally unfettered mandate to investigate.

Martus De Wet, Attorney for KwaSizabantu

Despite News24 having acquired the affidavits of six women who claimed to have been raped at the mission, no arrests have yet been made.

For us it was important that any allegations of sexual abuse or rape must be dealt with.

Martus De Wet, Attorney for KwaSizabantu

What the panel found was there was no substance in those allegations or a cover-up by the mission.

Martus De Wet, Attorney for KwaSizabantu

Listen to the full conversation below:


1 December 2020 5:04 PM
Tags:
Sexual abuse
KwaSizabantu
KwaSizabantu Mission

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