- The state has long known about the “church” where an alleged “cult” was in operation and which was where the suspected killers involved in the the Ngcobo Massacre ran to until a stand-off with police on Friday night
- Two years ago the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry has been investigated for “cultish practices” and at that time 18 young women and children were also freed from the premises
- Police shot believe three of the seven Mancoba brothers were killed during the shoot-out with police on Friday night
Leaders of the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry cult, known by their acolytes as “angels” are now believed to have been behind the killings which occurred last week in the Eastern Cape.
As Briefly.co.za reported over the weekend. Police traced those thought to have been involved in the shooting at the Ngcobo police station last week to a church building where a shoot-out ensued, leaving seven suspects dead, one officer injured, and more than 10 others arrested.
Five police officers and a retired soldier were gunned down at the police station in the tiny Eastern Cape town of eNgcobo last week.
Three of the seven Mancoba brothers suspected of involvement in the murders of the officers were killed during the shoot-out, and more than 100 young women and children were reportedly rescued from the church premises where they had allegedly been held as slaves for the carnal pleasures of the “angels”, many fleeing along with tiny babies, and many as young as 12 years of age.
As long as two years ago, the self-same church building had been raided and investigated by police due to reports of “cultist practices” at which time young women and children had also been removed from the premises. The cult which has been run by the Mancoba brothers and their mother was therefore well known to the state, begging the question as to how the situation got so bad and why it took a massacre for action to be taken to help the victims of the “church”.
National police commissioner General Khehla Sithole confirmed said the “indoctrinated and brainwashed” girls and young women who were removed from the church had been taken to social workers for counselling following their ordeal and explained how they had allegedly been stripped of all their human rights.
“In this church it is forbidden to have identity documents. Children are not allowed to have birth certificates and they are not allowed to attend school,” he said adding that allegations of physical abuse and that the rescued girls were being used as slaves is also being investigated.
As long as two years ago, the self-same church building and cult was investigated by a chapter 9 institution the CRL Rights Commission and made a report last year to presented to Parliament’s portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs. At the time they warned that it was a “disaster waiting to happen.”
Commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva who interviewed the cult leaders in 2016 during her investigation into church practices and made the parliamentary committee aware of her “serious concerns” said she was very worried about what would happen when the cult’s money ran out.
“Everyone [at the cult] was sitting waiting for Jesus to come. We told Parliament that this was a high risk and these people need urgent attention,” said Mkhwanazi-Xaluva. “We warned that there will be something else [that will happen] once their money runs out. Look what has happened.” She had described the situation as a “ticking time bomb.”
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula held a press conference outside the Ngcobo police station on Sunday and promised that the cult would be closed once police had completed their investigation. “Yes, there were lots of girls found there and human bodies sleeping over each other. Anything is possible. But it is being processed,” he said.
“Some of [the girls] will be taken to a place of safety and linked to their families. Our ultimate objective is for that place to be brought down.”
Sithole confirmed all 10 of the firearms stolen from the Ngcobo police station on Tuesday night were recovered at the cult’s premises.
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