‘Baboon was planted in my home’

2017-11-16 06:00
Apostle MJ Mohlala and his crew outside Lemena’ house with the dead baboon.

Apostle MJ Mohlala and his crew outside Lemena’ house with the dead baboon.

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On the 3rd August, South Africa woke up to a video showing charismatic, Bible-thumping and motormouth ‘Pastor’ and so-called Apostle, MJ Mohlala retrieving a dead baboon from the wardrobe of a house in Gugulethu.

The video went viral on social media; Facebook and Whatsapp. As a result, this has caused great consternation for Nthabiseng Pauline Lemena, whose face appeared on the video.

Now, in her own words, she alleges that the whole operation by the ‘man of God’ and his cohorts and acolytes was a public sham, a ruse to create confusion and thus swell the numbers of Mohlala’s church.

August 3 2017 was Mohlala’s birthday, so I was told ... and I happened to be at his church that day.

I am writing this to set the record straight as far as the events that led to the ‘excorcising’ of ‘demons’ at my house in NY108 Number 20, Gugulethu.

The underlying narrative purports that there was a prophetic intervention to the effect that Mohlala had picked up vibes of the existance of a Tokoloshe in my place of abode.

I digress. I first met Mohlala on a Saturday 22 July 2017 at his offices in Bellville. I was there with my niece to seek counsel for we were embroiled in seemingly endless family squables.

I was hoping that he would pray for us so that we can be reunited and have peace in our family.

After formal introductions, I explained that we sought prayers so that there can be peace in our family.

I related to him the story of a younger relative, who was always up in arms and had an attitude towards me.

Consequently, Mohlala asked about my place of work, whereupon he laid on my colleagues, accusing them of great witchcraft.

He further informed us that fixing the problem would come at a great cost, but I was guaranteed a peace of mind.

He said this would cost us R10 000 to excorcise the evil in our home.

I then told him it was too expensive and I don’t have that kind of money.

He then invited me to come to his church in Crossroads, saying that he will annoint me with oil. I duly visited the church, and it was only then that I realised it was his birthday as the congregation had prepared him a party.

The church was filled with adherents, what with them wishing their leader a happy birthday.

When it was his chance to speak, he said he wanted to ‘bless’ some people.

Gesturing towards me, he asked that I should stand up before he exclaimed: “That sister-in-law of yours”!.

Initially, my thoughts raced to the relative I had previously mentioned as being the bully in the family. Not so

MohlaIa then promised to visit my house and informed me that the ‘excorcising’ fee had been slashed to a mere thousand rands.

Saturday 29 July was set for the day of the visit.

I had thought he would come and offer us prayers, but arranged to come in at 10AM. Instead, he came in much later in the evening, at 8:45pm. It was dark outside.

He arrived in the company of another acolyte.

Once inside, Mohlala inquired as to the occupant of the first bedroom.

I said it belonged to my sister who was not in at that moment.

Mohlala proceeded to the second bedroom and asked the same question regarding its occupancy.

I answered in the affirmative; that it belonged to me.

I have two wardrobes in that bedroom, which belongs to me and a niece, respectively.

Mohlala then instructed us to leave the house immediately, and go to the backyard and stand by the bathroom.

One of the men with him was dispatched to the car, and after what seemed an eternity, he arrived back in the house, we were ordered back into the house and out of the front door.

We were told to enter the bedrooms only when instructed to do so. He said we should completely desert our house.

And it is my belief that this is when the whole process of sorcery- disguised as affirmation of the ascendancy of the Holy Spirit- began to take form.

Meanwhile, we had to ask around for a place to sleep while Mohlala and his loyal followers spun their ‘satanic magic’ in our house.

We ended up sleeping at our neighbours.

Mohlala had warned us several times not to dare open the house until he had told us to do so.

Then on Sunday 30 July, we opened our house to the glare of cameras and so-called ‘men of God’ brandishing walking sticks.

They swamped the dining room area, prodding, as if looking for something, then to the kitchen, doing the same thing, and then straight to my bedroom and into the wardrobe.

Then they started screaming, “baboon”, before flogging an already dead primate with their staffs.

The whole scene was well choreographed and it resembled celebrity Hollywood.

The baboon was dead, I am convinced, for it made no sound or attempt to flee.

Wild animals are known to stage a vicious fight when their life is threatened. Not so our so-called ‘evil spirit baboon’. It did not put up a fight, nor give out a scream.

Then the ‘victorious men of God’ carried their ‘spoils of war’ outside and onto the front porch.

In the pictures and the video following this ‘expose’, I can be seen clapping my hands in disbelief. My mouth is also agape. Not at the wonderment or awe of it all, but rather at the sheer blood thirstiness of these men to kill a poor animal, seemingly to prove that evil spirits existed in our home. Thous shalt not kill. Accordingly, they did this to prove that God is Almighty. I do not need to bear witness through dead primates that God is the Almighty. I detest that this was done in the name of our Lord. Not in my name.

To prove this point, same animal had no innards, had been disembowelled. There was not even a drop of blood from the gaping wound in its belly. This was disgusting as a believer.

Its arm had been broken, and the smell was nauseating. It was clear to see that it had been killed somewhere else and had been kept in a freezer afterwards. Then it was sneaked into our wardrobe on the day. Sies.

The other downside was that I had to empty my wardrobe after the ‘show’ because of the putrid smell. I had to throw some of the clothing away, as the smell would not leave the kist.

After the ordeal, from 2 August I was inundated with calls from acquaintances and strangers, talking about the video that went viral on social media mostly in YouTube.

I was so upset because I was never told that the video will be posted on social media.

Even as I called the ‘apostle’ and questioned his intention for posting the video and asking him to remove it, nothing seemed to help.

He had achieved what he had set out to do; gain fame in Cape Town. Meanwhile, the Sciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(SPCA) did not make my life easire, asking questions about an animal that was found in my house. In retrospect, there are many lessons to be learnt from this. Mohlala and his ilk are all about personal fame and acknowlegement. That their purpose is to get the numbers for their TV shows on the up and up. That they use our pain and gullibility as a source of income their ‘celebrity status’. The biggest lesson is that rather share your problems and tribulation directly with God through supplication and prayer, instead of mankind.

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