Satanic society falls foul of city

2014-04-19 00:00

A SATANIC secret society that offers its members untold wealth and protection has been fined and may face closure by the eThekwini Metro for contravening city bylaws.

The self-proclaimed Illuminati Secret Society with an office on 155 Musgrave Road, claiming its members are protected under the cloak of the devil, has been found to be advertising illegally and could now face the wrath of the city.

The Illuminati is believed to be a secret society that controls the world and is widely mentioned in conspiracy theorist books and websites.

Numerous societies have claimed to be the Illuminati, but due to its alleged secretiveness, it is difficult to find evidence that any organisation calling itself by this name is indeed part of the actual society — which may not even exist. Online posts are also divided on whether the society worships the devil or not.

But the metro has little concern over whether the society is fact or fiction and may close the Musgrave office down.

City communications head Tozi Mthethwa said the “business” had not conformed with municipal bylaws.

“The municipality has a mandate to close down a business that does not conform to the prescribed laws after following due processes.

“The signs are contrary to municipal bylaws and have been removed. A fine has also been served at the address provided in the poster,” said Mthethwa.

The society’s Durban contact Owen Grant does not think this will deter its growth.

Grant, a 25-year-old of Kenyan descent, said there are temples all over Durban, with their main base in Umhlanga.

“The Musgrave office is simply a point of call. We then take people to other locations for an interview and induction,” said Grant.

Grant, who said he was given his name by a high priest in the United States who adopted him at the moment of his conversion to the faith seven years ago, said the society offers people the world.

“Today, people are living in a world of expectation,” said Grant. “Our people are living in the real world and get what they dream about. They are living the dream. The world is controlled by Satan. Everything in the world belongs to him — from the clothes you wear to the brand labels you see. When you are a part of the cult, you focus on life. When you die, you are on your own. We make sure you get what you want.”

He said they read the Al Jilwah — also known as The Black Book of Satan.

“People believe in this cult thing. We believe Satan is an angel of God, but has fallen. When he was cast out of heaven to earth, his wings broke. The more souls he gets, the more powerful he gets. This is the world of the Devil. He rules the world.”

According to Grant demons, which he says they call archangels, possess a person and possess them in different ways once they are a member.

“There are many, many demons. Unlike Christianity, Buddhism or Hinduism, whose gods do not talk back, our demons communicate directly with us. We have physical contact. We give people purpose in life. If a man does not know his purpose in life, he is not fit to live.

“But if you leave the society, we will take all your wealth away and everything you gained under the guidance of the brotherhood,” said Grant.

The company responsible for printing the illegal posters, Johannesburg-based Sonnitec Printers, said they would review whether they would print for the Illuminati again.

Sonnitec’s Sarah Adim said: “I will have to tell my boss. He is out of the country at the moment, but when he returns, we will need to see how we are printing such material and associating it with our brand.”

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