Breaking rules means being kicked out 'with what you are wearing' - community member on KwaSizabantu

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
KwaSizabantu Mission has been embroiled in several allegations.
KwaSizabantu Mission has been embroiled in several allegations.
  • A former councillor and community leader in the KwaSizabantu area claimed people were swiftly kicked out of the mission if rules were broken.
  • He said regardless of age, if you committed an infringement, you would be expelled.
  • He said many stayed at the mission to earn a salary so that they could feed their families.

If rules at the KwaSizabantu Mission were ever broken, people were kicked out with only the clothes on their backs, a former councillor said on Tuesday.

Mlangeni Gasela, a former councillor and community member in the area, said that while he was never part of the mission, the surrounding community were aware of stringent rules imposed on those admitted to the mission.

READ | KwaSizabantu Mission workers down tools in demand of better pay

He was speaking at the CRL Rights Commission hearings on KwaSizabantu at the Garden Court Hotel in Durban on Tuesday.

The commission's investigation followed a News24 exposé which revealed allegations of sexual assault, physical and psychological abuse, and financial crimes at the mission.

Gasela said that many in the mission, such as drug addicts and "people who fell on hard times" were ruthlessly kicked out.

"If you did anything wrong, you were asked to get into a car. Then you would be driven out of the mission with what you are wearing."

ALSO READ | aQuellé says 'livelihoods could be impacted' by allegations against KwaSizabantu mission

During his testimony, he said any infringements on strict rules within the mission were met with immediate expulsion.

He said age also didn't matter.

"Regardless of your age, if you break any rules that are imposed, you will be chased out. Many of the youth are drug addicts as well."

Gasela said that while he didn't have an exact number of people he had spoken to, "there are so many".

He said the rules would not allow the smallest of indulgences.

"Once you are inside, you cannot even have things like newspapers. Even television is not allowed. They are not allowed to use a cellphone. Whenever [you] try to talk to them [people in the mission], you cannot because of the boundaries. You cannot do whatever you want over there."

He said many relied on the mission because of money and therefore had to endure their rules.

"They say they are not comfortable, but there are job opportunities. If they can get R2 000, they can feed their children and give them supper."

Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
53% - 9212 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
43% - 7498 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 695 votes
Brent Crude
All Share
Top 40
Financial 15
Industrial 25
Resource 10
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo