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A perfect stranger? Engagement and marriage at KwaSizabantu Mission

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When Lany and Jan wed in 2004, she only knew him as one of the few church members who had a moustache.
When Lany and Jan wed in 2004, she only knew him as one of the few church members who had a moustache.

The story: The KwaSizabantu way of marriage is said to date back to the late 1960s. Followers may get married – only if the man had a spiritual revelation of who his wife is meant to be; the "couple" remains pure without any contact whatsoever, and the church leadership gives the union its blessing.

The response: The mission, which finds itself at the centre of cult allegations, says its marriage policy is not separate from the Bible.

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