KwaSizabantu leaders urged to cooperate after dramatic walkout

KwaSizabantu leaders urged to cooperate after dramatic walkout

The leaders of the KwaSizabantu Mission have been urged to cooperate with investigations into the alleged rape and human rights abuses at the church.

KwaSizabantu Mission leaders walk out
Nushera Soodyal

A provincial government delegation visited the mission near Kranskop on Thursday following the accusations - which include claims the church is a cult.

Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza says abuse can't be tolerated.

"If there are human rights that are violated - we need to work together to ensure that such a thing does not happen and those who have violated human rights should indeed be brought to book."

The visit comes after the mission's leaders and their legal team walked out of the Durban hearings into the allegations. 

They had asked the religious and cultural rights commission's chairperson to recuse himself after accusing him of being biased against the church.

Khoza has told KwaSizabantu those who've come forward with allegations need to have closure.

"We need to dig deeper so that we may know what the truth is. You also have an opportunity as the leadership and management also explaining yourselves."

KwaSizabantu has denied the allegations - saying they are vicious and factually inaccurate.

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