Prophet Mboro on a warpath

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PROPHET Paseka Mot­soe­neng has or­dered the chair­per­son of the Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Cultural, Re­li­gious and Lin­guis­tic Com­mu­ni­ties (CRL), Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, to apol­o­gise to him.

Mot­soe­neng, pop­u­larly known as prophet Mboro, yes­ter­day ac­cused Mkhwanazi-Xaluva of un­fairly tar­get­ing him.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva heads the CRL, which is a Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion that re­cently is­sued rec­om­men­da­tions to Par­lia­ment after in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­con­ven­tional re­li­gious prac­tices that ex­ploit con­gre­gants.

Speak­ing at a brief­ing at his church in Katle­hong, Ekurhu­leni, Mboro opened by declar­ing: “It’s a day for a golden op­por­tu­nity.”

He warned Mkhwanazi-Xaluva that she has un­til Thurs­day to “re­pent”.

Prophet Mboro added that his char­ac­ter had been de­famed be­cause he is “a prophet and re­li­gious com­mu­nity leader”.

This was after Mkhwanaz­iXaluva al­legedly called him a “false prophet” and “con­man”.

“She’s got un­til Thurs­day 6am to apol­o­gise to the church.

“She must come shine my shoes and clean the church and I’ll al­low her to re­main chair­per­son of the com­mis­sion.

“We will abide by the laws,” he said.

“Li­zo­duma uma en­gaguqi nga­madolo (It will rain on her if she does not kneel).”

Prophet Mboro said news of him being a “false prophet” had reached far and wide.

“Be­cause of her bad be­hav­iour, bish­ops in (the US) were pray­ing for me.”

On the le­git­i­macy of the com­mis­sion, he said: “It’s a state in­sti­tu­tion, a Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion and her (Mkhwanazi-Xaluva) job is to pro­tect all re­li­gions.”

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva de­manded in 2016 that he de­clare how much money he had in his bank ac­count and prove how much of the pro­ceeds of his work go to so­cial spend­ing.

He re­fused to do that on the ba­sis that he was a busi­ness­man.

Last year, the com­mis­sion de­cided to re­in­state crim­i­nal charges against him for not hand­ing over au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to Prophet Mboro, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva re­fused an of­fer to have the fi­nan­cial state­ments sub­mit­ted to the com­mis­sion on con­di­tion that they would not be made pub­lic due to con­fi­den­tial­ity of donors and his church’s right to pri­vacy.

Last April, re­ports emerged that Mboro had claimed to have visited heaven and took “self­ies”, which were for sale. He said this amounted to defama­tion of char­ac­ter and was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing le­gal ac­tion in that re­gard.

Prophet Mboro said the Face­book ac­count through which the mes­sage of him hav­ing pic­tures from heaven was spread was not run by him or the church.

On the mat­ter of the self­ies, Prophet Mboro said the chair­per­son had “in­sulted Christ and im­per­son­ated me”.

“Je­sus is king. Lord of Lords. King of Kings. She said what I’m do­ing is blas­phemy. How can I be a prophet who in­sults Je­sus?”

He fur­ther charged that the com­mis­sion was “dis­turb­ing” his work as a com­mu­nity leader and he had to re­di­rect funds to build houses for peo­ple and ren­o­vate schools to pay le­gal fees.

PIC­TURE: NH­LANHLA PHILLIPS

TAR­GET: Prophet Paseka “Mboro” Mot­soe­neng leaves his car at his church in Katle­hong, Ekurhu­leni, yes­ter­day.

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