MEC, church leaders visit ‘cult’ kids

2013-03-18 00:00

THE children who were rescued from a compound in uMzimkhulu on Friday were visited by Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi and various church leaders yesterday.

Department spokesperson Vukani Mbele told The Witness the children believed that the man who kept them in the bizarre compound was their “lord”, and the MEC decided that they needed spiritual intervention besides counselling.

Thirty-six children under the age of 12 were taken to the Gold Field’s Place of Safety; the others were sent to various children’s homes. Mbele would not disclose where the homes were.

“Yesterday, a number of pastors came to the centre and they prayed for the children,” Mbele said.

The children would continue to receive spiritual intervention and counselling.

Mbele said the children were doing much better yesterday after two days during which they showed hostility.

“They are fine now. The MEC was talking to them and she was hugging them. They even posed for photographs with her.”

The man who allegedly ran the compound was expected to appear in the­­ ­uMzimkhulu Magistrate’s Court this morning, said police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane.

When asked if they had managed to get in touch with the children’s parents, Zwane told The Witness more detail would be available today.

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