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Defiant Mboro faces time in prison

SOUTH AFRICA – Self-styled prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro, may land up in jail.

Self-styled prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro
Self-styled prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro

The Incredible Happenings Ministries leader has on three occasions failed to cooperate with a committee set up to investigate the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) summoned Mboro and dozens of other church leaders to appear before it.

But he has been defiant and refused to respond to questions about how he runs his church.

Mboro stunned the commission when he said his church, the Incredible Happenings, was in fact a close corporation (CC).

He refused to respond when asked where the money he collects from the church goes to.

The commission said he should bring the CC’s annual financial and bank statements when he appears for the fourth time today.

Yesterday, the commission’s chairwoman Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said if Mboro did not bring the documents and cannot give a justifiable explanation, they would take further steps against him.

“We will then go to the police station and open a case against him. This is when Section 41 of the commission’s act of 2002 will kick in,” she said.

Section 41 states that if someone refuses to answer questions, that person is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine or jail time – or both.

But Mboro said he would not hand over his annual financial and bank statements, saying they would be splashed in newspapers.

“. the CC [account] has other financials coming in,” he said.

“It has got different monies coming in and I do not see it being fair, but you have decided and have the final word that the CC goes to [the] public,” Mboro said.

Closing Mboro’s hearing session, which was marred with drama on Wednesday, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said: “We have reached a dead end. The summons are still in force.”

Ironically, a woman who only gave her name as Limpho and was reportedly molested by Mboro as he prayed for her, came out in his support.

“I was sick and the prophet prayed for me. He has never touched me inappropriately.

“I am also concerned about the [SA] Human Rights Commission which investigated the matter because I was never consulted. I never complained to anyone, so I do not know where they got the information [from],” the woman said.

In 2013, a preliminary investigation by the South African Human Rights Commission found Mboro guilty of using sexual violence on his congregants. Sowetan

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