Johannesburg – Besieged Bishop Bafana Stephen Zondo of the Living Waters Rivers Ministries has brought his fight against the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) to Parliament, accusing him of “Violate his rights”.
Zondo said he lodged a complaint with Speaker of Parliament Thandi Modise against the Commissioners and its Speaker, David Mosoma, at a press conference in Robertsham, south of Joburg, on Friday.
Zondo was responding to CRL Commission investigations into allegations of sexual abuse, rape, money laundering and exploitation that Zondo allegedly committed with other leaders in his church.
Among his complaints, several witnesses of the commission accused him and his church of practicing witchcraft, of being “a murderer, that he practices a sect, is a rapist and corrupt clerics who corrupt the forces of order ”.
He stressed that his church was built on “a solid foundation of respect, integrity and trust” and that it was “committed to creating and fostering an environment that promotes integrity”.
He stressed that sexual harassment and abuse of any kind was not tolerated in his church.
“We are deeply concerned about what we are hearing and we await a full and independent investigation into what happened.
“We expect the church to act promptly upon completion of the investigation against any transgression while taking steps to protect complainants and anyone who comes forward to report the transgressions.
“And any evidence of criminal misconduct must also be reported to authorities,” said the charismatic leader.
The self-proclaimed archbishop said all the allegations made against him and his church were “inaccurate and unfounded, unfounded and unfounded statements.”
Zondo was asked about specific allegations this post reported on, such as Maqala Konote’s marriage and how it was broken up by the bishop when Konote allegedly found explicit WhatsApp messages and his wife was sending nude photos to him. ‘bishop.
He denied the allegation and said when people fail to sort out their marriages they want to blame him. He added that he was not sure whether the couple were now divorced or not.
“In fact, in my church, I encourage marriage… and I’m married too,” he said while vehemently denying the bullying allegations.
Asked about Zondo’s complaint to Modise, parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said: “No, no complaint package has yet been received.”
Meanwhile, CRL Chairman David Masoma has confirmed receipt of Zondo’s letter and said the commission will apply its spirit and respond appropriately to the media in due course.
On Monday, the testimony of Jay Israel, a former pastor of Spirit Life Mega Church, confessed to being a “false prophet.”
In his testimony, he said that most of the “miracles” performed on television by the prophets were staged.