Prophet: battle over le­gal costs

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THE FIGHT be­tween the CRL Rights Com­mis­sion and prophet Paseka “Mboro” Mot­soe­neng es­ca­lated af­ter both par­ties claimed vic­tory in an ear­lier le­gal battle.

The CRL dared Mboro to stop mak­ing what it called “idle threats” and sue the com­mis­sion and its chair­per­son for defama­tion – if he so wishes.

These were the bullish views of the com­mis­sion’s spokesper­son Mpiyakhe Mkholo yes­ter­day, when re­act­ing to Mboro’s with­drawn ur­gent in­ter­dict in the high court in Joburg for the com­mis­sion not to ar­rest him.

Mboro was adamant in an in­ter­view with The Star yes­ter­day he would not pay the CRL’s le­gal costs – as or­dered by the court – and would sue CRL chair­per­son Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva for telling peo­ple his ar­rest was im­mi­nent.

Mboro lodged the ur­gent in­ter­dict last week fol­low­ing an in­ter­view the com­mis­sion’s chair­per­son gave to the SABC’s Ques­tion Time.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said dur­ing the in­ter­view that she wanted the prophet ar­rested for a 2016 case af­ter he re­fused to pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion asked for by the com­mis­sion dur­ing an in­quiry into al­leged abuses of re­li­gion.

Mkholo said Mkhwanazi-Xaluva had opened a crim­i­nal case against Mboro at Hill­brow po­lice sta­tion on Tues­day “for the threats he has been mak­ing against the chair­per­son”.

Mboro said he was still pur­su­ing the in­ter­dict and was await­ing footage from the SABC.

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