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Awaiting Christ

Arrested for Illegal Burials
Fifteen members of Awaiting Christ have been arrested in Mandela Park, Umtata, South Africa, and charged with burying followers illegally. Sinoxolo Dukuza says that a woman claiming to be a prophet “convinced my mother, two of my brothers, and my two sisters to give up everything and join her church. She told them that Christ was coming in December and that they would only be saved if they joined.” Dukuza said that when she tried to persuade family members to leave, “I was accused of being the devil, and my family was warned to keep away from ‘worldly people’ . . . My mother and my brothers have been brainwashed. They still believe Jesus is coming to fetch them.” [csr 2.3 2003]

Mandela Park community leader Chief Jonas Ndzambule said Awaiting Christ does not believe in medical treatment and would not let its children attend school or allow members to work. He added that those who deny health care to people who then die are committing murder. (Jonathan Ancer, The Star, Internet, 6/26/03) [csr 2.3 2003]

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