Members and leaders of the controversial KwaSizabantu mission (KSB) in KwaZulu-Natal have "blind faith" in their 85-year old leader, Erlo Stegen.
They refuse or are not able to regard Stegen, who suffers from dementia, as fallible. And even if the mission was defrauded, it was "God's will". But KSB cannot be described as a "cult", found a two-person panel of lawyers, appointed by KSB to investigate serious allegations against it after a News24 exposé in September.
The panel has exonerated the mission on a number of allegations it is facing, but has recommended that KSB's governing body be dissolved and that it increases its liability structures because of a continued "cult cloud" hanging over the mission.