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.
The CRL Rights Commission has told Parliament that the "ticking time bomb" that was the Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo, spent way above its means.
In order to better understand the events leading up to the attack on the Ngcobo police station, and the operations behind the gates of the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry, News24 sent a team of journalists to Ngcobo in the wake of the tragedy. The team spoke to the cult leaders, victims’ families, law enforcement and cult experts to piece together a story of brainwashing, vulnerability and violence.
Sordid details are now emerging of the killer cult in the Eastern Cape town of Ngcobo, whose leaders and members allegedly murdered five officers at the local police station last month.
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.
Known as the no-nonsense man, new police minister Bheki Cele plans to make police intelligence a priority for the force.
A sixth person arrested in connection with the murder of five police officers and a soldier in Ngcobo, can expected fierce opposition to his release on bail, the Ngcobo Magistrate's Court has heard.
The CRL Rights Commission says it knew something "horrible" was happening at Seven Angels Ministry - which has been linked to the death of five police officers and a soldier in Ngcobo.
A sixth person is expected to appear in the Ngcobo Magistrate's Court in connection with the killing of five police officers and a soldier in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape
The Hawks have confirmed that a sixth suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of five police officers and one soldier in Ngcobo, Eastern Cape.
MPs have showed their unhappiness with CRL Rights Commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva's statement that they were warned about the "ticking time bomb" that was the Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo.
Christianity is in a state of emergency, says the chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.
Citizens are entitled to follow their beliefs, but are not free to break the laws of South Africa in the process, as has happened with the case involving the Seven Angels Ministry, Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) has said.
Siphosomzi Tshefu, one of the men accused of the murder of five police officers and a soldier in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape, says he worshipped Thandazile Mancoba, one of the leaders of the Seven Angels Ministry, who was implicated in the murders.
Investigations into the Ngcobo police killings have led to the revelation of further crimes and arrests, the Hawks have said.
The CRL Rights Commission said they had raised red flags about Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape as early as last year. Watch.
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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet has committed to strengthening the capacity of South Africa's police stations, following the massacre at the Ngcobo police station in the Eastern Cape.
New Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that five suspects have given confessions to the events of the Ngcobo massacre, admitting the plan was to rob the Capitec Bank ATM across from the police station.
Family, friends and colleagues of the slain police officers and soldier, gunned down in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape, have paid tribute to them at a highly emotive memorial service.
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