Prophet Mboro fights to clear his name

Ac­cuses CRL’s chair­per­son of per­sonal at­tacks

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PROPHET Paseka Mboro Mot­soe­neng again slammed the Cul­tural, Reli­gious and Lin­guis­tic Rights Com­mis­sion (CRL) yes­ter­day and said he would be tak­ing le­gal steps against the Chap­ter 9 body.

At a me­dia brief­ing held yes­ter­day at his In­cred­i­ble Hap­pen­ings Church, Mot­soe­neng spoke of his plans to take CRL to court for al­legedly tar­nish­ing his name.

This comes af­ter the CRL re­leased its re­port ti­tled, “Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of Re­li­gion and Abuse of Peo­ple’s Be­lief Sys­tems”, in which it warned that churches should have reg­u­lated af­fil­i­a­tion bodies to counter con­tro­ver­sial prac­tices.

Prophet Mboro is de­mand­ing an apol­ogy from CRL chair­per­son Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva who he ac­cuses of be­ing be­hind the mis­lead­ing claims that he went to heaven.

“It is all lies aimed at tar­nish­ing my name,” he said.

The Prophet is also un­happy that his name keeps be­ing men­tioned in the same breath with some charis­matic pas­tors that en­cour­age con­gre­gants to eat grass or snakes, drink petrol or part with con­sid­er­able sums of money to be guar­an­teed a bless­ing or mir­a­cle.

“I would never sup­port such peo­ple. I feel it is dan­ger­ous to use those things. Prophet Mboro is about up­lift­ing com­mu­ni­ties through projects such as build­ing homes for peo­ple,” he said.

Prophet Mot­soe­neng said he would rally his sup­port­ers to help fi­nance his le­gal costs through do­na­tions over a pe­riod of nine weeks to clear his name. If he failed, the prophet said he would go on strike and dis­con­tinue his ser­vices to the pub­lic.

“If peo­ple don’t stand for me, I am not go­ing to stand for them. I am go­ing to open a line where peo­ple can send me SMS texts where they will pledge their sup­port to me. They will help me to sue Thoko (Mkhwanazi-Xaluva),” he said.

He slammed Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, CRL chair­per­son, ac­cus­ing her of lack­ing in­tegrity and be­ing dis­hon­est fol­low­ing the widely re­ported sto­ries of him go­ing to heaven and back .

He added that he no longer recog­nised her or the com­mis­sion be­cause her at­tacks had be­come per­sonal.

“When­ever reports emerge of pas­tors feed­ing peo­ple rats, grass, she some­how man­ages to drag my name into that,” he said.

Mot­soe­neng crit­i­cised the re­port’s call for the reg­u­la­tion of churches, say­ing it was anti-Christ and “anti-Mboro” while leav­ing alone those who prac­tise tra­di­tion­ally.

Mot­soe­neng ac­cused the CRL of over­reach­ing af­ter it rec­om­mended that um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tions be es­tab­lished for re­li­gions.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva on Tues­day told the me­dia that reli­gious prac­ti­tion­ers must be reg­is­tered with the CRL Rights Com­mis­sion through their ac­cred­ited um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion. She said reli­gious lead­ers would not be al­lowed to op­er­ate with­out be­ing reg­is­tered.

This would mean that ev­ery reg­is­tered church should have a lo­ca­tion where they con­ducted reli­gious cer­e­monies.

She said a database of all the lead­ers would be kept in or­der to en­sure that they were vet­ted as a se­cu­rity mea­sure.

“Um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tions will be ac­cred­ited by the CRL Rights Com­mis­sion af­ter sub­mis­sion of their gov­er­nance frame­work. The gov­er­nance frame­work to which their mem­bers must ad­here should in­tro­duce a code of con­duct, that should say that this is the be­hav­iour that is ac­cept­able. Like all other pro­fes­sions,” Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said.

The com­mit­tee said um­brella bodies would each be aligned to spe­cific re­li­gions such as Christianity and Is­lam.

The com­mit­tees will be re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing self-reg­u­la­tion and ac­count­abil­ity, while the peer-re­view com­mit­tee will act as the fi­nal me­di­a­tor within each reli­gious group.

Prophet Mboro ac­cused the CRL of pick­ing on Christianity but fail­ing to look into cul­tural prac­tices.

“There’s no dif­fer­ence be­tween pas­tors who give peo­ple snakes and make them eat grass, and san­go­mas who do the same thing,” Mot­soe­neng said.

“There are san­go­mas who charge peo­ple R70 000 and feed them snakes but they are not reg­u­lated. San­go­mas are not told to reg­u­late them­selves so they must reg­u­late them as well,” he said.

COURT: Prophet Paseka Mboro Mot­soe­neng

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