Restraint and mutual respect needed during CRL probe - Speaker's office

2015-11-21 15:28
Pastor Mboro appears before the CRL Rights Commission. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Pastor Mboro appears before the CRL Rights Commission. (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - The officer of the speaker of the National Assembly has called for restrained and mutual respect between the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) and religious groups asked to appear before it.

This comes as CRL chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva told News24 she feared for her life.

Deputy speaker Lechesa Tsenoli in a statement on Saturday appealed to all parties involved in the CRL's probe into the commercialisation of religion to refrain from using scare tactics.

"It is important that all parties afford each other the respect and mutual tolerance to ensure the commission conducts the work it is mandated to perform.

"All parties must work together to conclude the process in a safe and dignified manner, as guided by our Constitution," he said.

Earlier this week, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said she had already consulted the police to seek protection after several religious leaders arrived at the commission with armed men.

"They have intimidated and threatened me. They have called me an Antichrist and a devil worshiper to their followers. What do they expect these people to do with this information?

“If they can get people to eat grass and petrol, how can they control them? Why do pastors come with armed men [to] a meeting? I am afraid of going home every night,” Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said.

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