Written by: SA Pentecostal Bishops Council
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South African Pentecostal Bishops Council, in partnership with Church Leaders Council of South Africa, Eastern Cape Council of Churches and Immanuel University of Theology condemns the use of church buildings to smuggle drugs including the use and involvement of church leaders in drug trafficking.

According to recent reports in the Eastern Cape, police have arrested St Johns Apostolic Church, Bishop Nobango Tomps for selling drugs at her church in Dubu Location outside King Williams Town.

According to King Williams Town Cluster Festive Season Operation was successful at Dubu Location Zwelitsha. Bishop or (umthandazeli) of St John’s Apostolic church,  Nobango Tompson 57 yrs was found with, 36 quarter Mandrax, 15 half Mandrax, 6 x full boss tablets, 161 Dagga bompies, 15 x Tik sachets, 9 dagga arms seized, 75 counterfeit CDs , 13 rizzla papers and cash of R53-60c. According to the police the suspect is a well respected Church leader. All these drugs were found in her church house where she sleeps. Information received through tip off and a search warrant was obtained from Zwelitsha Magistrate Court.

According to Archbishop Bhekimpi Mchunu who is the president of Church Leaders Council of South Africa “This behavior of highjacking churches for these types of activities is becoming a social time bomb”

President of Church Leaders Council of South Africa: Arch Bishop Bhekimpi Mchunu : 0829249243
South African Pentecostal Bishop Council is to convene an urgent meeting of all religious associations and networks with the hope of reaching common ground. “It is high time to isolate criminals who are using churches to conduct criminal acts, including trafficking of drugs and exploitation of young people” Said Professor Mbulelo Dyasi -SA Bishops Council President and SANERELA+ National Chairperson.

President SA Pentecostal Bishops Council:  Arch Bishop Prof Mbulelo Dyasi : 0818029180
Religious Leaders and communities must be vigilant because drug dealers are using church accounts to avoid Tax and law enforcement agencies that is why is it important to capacitate upcoming pastors and prophets to ensure that leaders are not involved in criminals activities. “We need to promote working relations amongst religious groups so that we can be able to discipline our members” This is according to Professor Edward Van Den Berg of Immanuel University of Theology International.

Group CEO Immanuel University of Theology: Prof Edward Van Ben Berg :  0760795967
We would also like to take this opportunity to assure law enforcement agencies including chapter 9 institutions such as CRL Rights Commission that we are prepared to become whistleblowers to ensure safety in our communities. “Eastern Cape Council of Churches is monitoring the situation very close, the suspect is not harmful in our communities anymore” Rev Dr. Lulama Ntshingwa -Eastern Cape Council of Churches President.

We also call on parliament to amend the CRL Rights Commission Act in order to empower this commission like other chapter 9 institutions. CRL Commission must be given powers to hand over report to national prosecuting authority-NPA for immediate prosecution of criminals who continue to put lives of people at risk. It is high time that we not only protect culture and religion but citizens.

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Date published: 07/01/2020

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