- One of the men accused of the murder of five at eNgcobo a fortnight ago has told the court how very much he was under the spell of the leadership of the Seven Angels Ministry
- The six men arrested in connection with what has come to be known as the eNgcobo massacre applied for bail on Thursday
- He also explained where he got the weapon he used in the attack which took place on 21 February at the small Eastern Cape town
Thandazile Mancoba, one of the leaders of the Seven Angels Ministry, which has been implicated in the murders of police officers and a retired soldier two weeks ago at and near Ngcobo Police station, has been identified as the person who gave the orders.
Thandazile was one of seven Mancoba brothers who led the controversial and “cultish” Seven Angels Ministry, in the small rural town of Ngcobo. As Briefly.co.za reported last week suspects were killed during a shootout with authorities who stormed the church, Thandazile was amoung the 10 fatalities.
This revelation emerged from this week’s bail hearing at the Ngcobo Magistrate's Court, where 23-year-old Siphosomzi Tshefu,said he worshipped Thandazile.
"He was my king, whatever he said I did. I would not question that. I worshipped him," said Tshefu going so far as to answer in the affirmative a question asked by Magistrate Nozuko Mviko about whether he would obey if Thandazile told him to take a gun and commit suicide. "No one gave us orders except Thandazile," he said adding that he didn’t have the option to question.
Tshefu, along with Andani Monco, Kwanele Ndlawana, Siphesihle Tatsi, Phumzile Mhlatywa and Phuthumile Mancoba, are facing charges of five counts of murder, two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances and attempted murder.
Ndlwanam a 22-year-old, also testified on Thursday. He said his sister was married to Thandazile and his dad was a police officer based in East London. He said he wanted to be released on bail so that he could tell his sister what had happened the night Thandazile was killed.
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