Kwasizabantu Mission and their projects aQuellé and Emseni Farming have appointed an independent two-person panel to investigate the said allegations as a matter of urgency (see a brief biography of the two people and their mandate below). Their mandate includes aiming to arrive at their conclusions by 9 October 2020. Given their training and experience they will be able to systematically deal with the various allegations.
Advocate Khumbu Shazi, from the Durban Bar. Briefly, her professional history is:
- 2002 – 2006 Prosecutor (Regional Court)
- 2007 – 2010 Senior State Advocate – Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions)
- 2011 – 2016 Senior State advocate – Organised Crime Component (DPP’s Office)
- 2017 – Durban Bar
Her 13 years’ experience as a prosecutor included prosecuting inter alia commercial crimes, abusive and sexual offenders.
Attorney Peter Le Mottee, is a practising attorney in Johannesburg. Briefly, his professional and other pertinent history is:
- Admitted as an attorney in 1984
- Worked in full time ministry for Scripture Union Mission from 1984 to 1988
- In 1989 commenced practising as an attorney in Johannesburg to date.
- Extensive High Court and labour litigation experience, inclusive of commercial law and sourcing and testing the veracity of evidence of all kinds.
- Served for a number of years as the national convenor of the Methodist Church’s arbitration panel, with jurisdiction over 6 Southern African countries. This by definition
involved chairing/presiding over many hearings and investigations. [Two of his co-panelists at the time that he was the convenor included Justice Madlanga (of the Constitutional Court – then a senior counsel) and Judge Bloem (then a senior counsel - now a judge of the High Court.)]
- Has served on the National Council of Scripture Union since 2012 to date.
- Obtained a Bachelor of Theology in 1992.
Arnott & Associates, Attorneys, Suite 159, Cowey Road, Berea, Durban (Tel: 031 207 9071 e-mail: [email protected]) have been appointed to assist the panel with issues relevant to the independent investigation including administrative assistance and to receive and collate relevant information for the panel.
We are astounded by the news reports that appeared in the media this weekend particularly because of its sensational, vicious and factually inaccurate nature. KwaSizabantu Mission in Kranskop is an evangelical organisation with good relations and complete openness to other churches and organisations. The Mission teaches no new doctrine and does not believe that it…
The vicious attack on KwaSizabantu Mission is shocking. This media explosion aims to spread rumours and destroy the humanitarian and spiritual work of this Christian Mission. Contrary to their claims, we are not a cult, we are not a sect and we are not exclusive. KwaSizabantu Mission is a middle of the road evangelical organisation…
Update statement regarding allegations of potential human rights abuses and inappropriate religious ‘cult’ activities. Further to our statement yesterday, we now address further grave allegations and how we are dealing with them. From the onset, we deny the allegations in the strongest possible way. They are incorrect, hurtful and damaging. To address the allegations, we…
Kwasizabantu Mission including their projects aQuellé and Emseni Farming have been the subject of a severe onslaught of allegations, including rape, sexual assault, money laundering and being a cult. Most of the allegations are vague, lacking any real particularity. This makes it difficult to respond in a meaningful way. The obvious intention of this machine…