By what recruitment and retention strategies are the adherents of churches of false prophets seduced? What socio-economic and political conditions manufacture both the perpetrators and the victims, asks Tinyiko Maluleke.
News24 sent a team of journalists to Ngcobo in the wake of deadly shootings between police and members of a confirmed cult. The team spoke to the cult leaders, families of victims, law enforcement and cult experts to piece together a story of brainwashing, vulnerability and violence.
A team of forensic officials have arrived at the controversial Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape, which was recently thrust into the spotlight when five police officers and a soldier were shot dead in the town.
A baby-faced, 19-year-old man was among four people who appeared in Ngcobo Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape, for the killing of five police officers.
Police minister Bheki Cele embarked on a ministerial engagement at Ngcobo on Saturday, as part of a follow up with the community who were affected by the massacre at the police station in the town.
Two of the six men accused of the Ngcobo police killings have appeared at the Umzimkhulu Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal, for the murders of a church leader and his wife.
The emerging collapse of the Seven Angels Ministry – linked to the murders of five police officers and one retired soldier in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape - has brought closure to some families, who have seen their long-lost loved ones return home.
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