- Seven children have been rescued from the clutches of their father who is believed to be a former member of the Seven Angels Church Ministry
- The father allegedly prevented the children from attending school due to his religious beliefs
- Authorities discovered that the children did not have birth certificates
Seven children between the ages of seven and fourteen years of age have been rescued from the clutches of a man who is believed to their father. The man is reportedly a former member of the controversial Seven Angels Church Ministry.
The man is alleged to have prevented his children from attending school because he did not believe his children should be educated by what he described to friends as a ‘worldly society.’ It has since emerged that none of the children has birth certificates.
The Eastern Cape Department of Social Development’s spokesperson Gcobani Maswana confirmed that the children in question had been rescued from their father who they believed to be a part of the now infamous Seven Angels Ministry Church.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Maswana said authorities had been made aware that the children were not attending school by a concerned neighbour. The department confirmed that the children had been moved to an undisclosed place of safety.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that the local community has come together to assist the children by providing blankets, food parcels, clothing and other essential items for the children in a bid to minimise their trauma.
The Seven Angels Ministry Church shot into the South African public conscience in February this year when five SAPS officers were gunned down in the normally quiet, peaceful town of Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape.
Subsequent investigations uncovered what has been described as a cult. Police entered a compound where women and children were forced to live in hellish conditions and were forbidden from leaving the property.
Some members of the church were arrested while News24 reported that several others were shot and killed after they opened fire on police officers.
Maswana said the department had followed the letter of the law in rescuing the children by first obtaining a court order, an exhaustive process before removing the children from their father’s custody.
Maswana pointed out that every child in South Africa had the right to an identity and to an education. The children have received medical checks and have been provided with a professional counsellor.
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