A place of spiritual connections

2015-06-18 06:01
Maliviwe Mazeke, the Sebai-Em-Neter, and Masters of Arts and Prosperity leader (left) and youth that attends the breakfast classes, on Mondays and Fridays,  Khayelitsha,

Maliviwe Mazeke, the Sebai-Em-Neter, and Masters of Arts and Prosperity leader (left) and youth that attends the breakfast classes, on Mondays and Fridays, Khayelitsha,

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A platform given to those who are caught up in drugs and thus commit crime was welcomed with open hands in Khayelitsha.

Masters of Arts and Prosperity in partnership with Khayelitsha Religious Forum has embarked on a journey to help residents, mostly the youth, to turn their ways around and kick the habit of drug addiction and to stay away from criminal activities.

The organisations host breakfast meetings with all the affected youth and encourages them to find solutions towards a cleaner life.

The programme, known as The Holy Order of Shetaut Neter, invites them for spiritual classes on Mondays and Fridays.

The order was established in 1985.

It involves the philosophy of Kamau, an ancient Egyptian. They also have a holy book titled Metu Neter (Divine Word).

Maliviwe Mazeke, the leader, said they have about 50 members in Khayelitsha, who have shown a “positive interest” in the one hour programme.

Mazeke, said during sessions, they spend about 30 minutes focusing on spiritual lessons through which they encourage and motivate members to reconnect with God spiritually.

The recruits are also given an opportunity to pray for themselves and open their spirits, heart and mind realms.

“We spend 10 minutes in the prayer. And thereafter, we spend 20 minutes serving breakfast to the former criminals and drug-addicts who want to change their lives. They are very positive about the programme and they say they want to change for the good. They also told us that there are many others who are keen to change, but they do not know the first step to take. They are happy about the approach that we use. They do not feel judged and they participate in finding solutions,” Mazeke said.

The organisations also seeks to address the challenges that cause them to get involved in drugs and crime.

Mazeke also said their ultimate goal was to see members being able to take ownership of the processes, so they will be able to help others still struggling to live a clean life.

The organisation was introduced to the area 2014.

Mazeke also said the provincial Department of Social Development and Department of Community Safety were also keen to be part of the programme.

Happyboy Sonyati, 31, one of the youngsters that attend the breakfast classes, said he has learnt a lot about the spiritual side of life through the programme.

“My aim is to seek spiritual enlightenment and good behaviour.”

He said they have also learned anger management, apologising and admitting when they have wronged someone else.

History and culture are also part of the curriculum, he shared.

The classes are held at the Site B Community Hall opposite Nonkqubela Link Mall from 9am

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