ANC veteran Dr Mathole Motshekga defends Pastor Mboro

Motshekga, the public relations secretary of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (Nicsa), has warned certain quarters of the population to “stop harassing” Mboro.

“A criminal case has been laid against him, so let the law take its cause,” Motshekga said.

“If he has been evicted because he has not been paying rent, there is nothing wrong with that. But once there are activities that suggest there is an agenda against him, and people are used to fight certain battles, then there is a big problem.”

Leader of Incredible Happenings Ministries Church Mboro, real name Paseka Motsoeneng, hogged headlines last week when the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) announced it had laid criminal charges against him.

Commission chairwoman Thoko Xaluva-Mkhwanazi said they had laid the charges at Hillbrow Police Station.

The charges related to Mboro’s reluctance to cooperate with the commission.

He refused to surrender to the commission the financial books and bank statements of the church.

The CRL is investigating the commercialisation of churches and abuse of people’s belief systems by Mboro and other church leaders around the country.

Xaluva-Mkhwanazi said their lawyers were working on a restraining order against Mboro for allegedly bringing the commission into disrepute.

She said it was related to Mboro’s alleged attack on the commission, in which he claimed the Chapter Nine institution was targeting him personally.

On Friday, the red ants seized Mboro’s assets from his church building in Ekurhuleni, after accusing him of defaulting on his monthly rent.

Yesterday morning, Motshekga, a legal giant, arranged to meet Mboro to map a way forward.

“If our meeting is not tomorrow [Monday], it will be before the end of this week,” he said.

“We believe Mboro is a religious person, and everybody has a right to practise his religion. If there is unfair play, we will intervene.”

Mboro said: “This is a personal vendetta against me… Saul persecuted believers. Mkhwanazi-Xaluva persecutes me.

“I’m clearly her project. But I’m not shaken. I may be small physically, but I’m big in faith. I never failed to pay rent. We have been out of that place for over a month now.

“The reason for our move is a sale agreement cancellation. We are claiming our R11-million back in refund.”

– sunday world