‘I was scammed out of R600k by fake prophet’, says woman alone and broke after being duped | News24

She visited dark rooms filled with ceremonial candles and containers of muthi, performed numerous cleansing and healing rituals and spent more than half a million rand. All in the hope of getting help for recurring headaches and maybe finding love again. Instead Lerato Mfuthi* has been left with an even…

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Prophet kills congregant during baptism, says she ‘appeared like a vampire’ – report | News24

A Zimbabwean prophet, 37, has appeared in court after he allegedly killed one of his congregates during a baptism session in Nyaure River in Domboshawa. According to New Zimbabwe.com, the incident happened last weekend when Pastor Masimba Chirayi mistook Wendy Thinnamay Masuka for a “vampire”. Chirayi told the Harare magistrate’s court that…

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Lamoer case: IPID presents stats on how pervasive corruption is in SAPS | News24

Statistics compiled by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) were presented in the sentencing proceedings in the case against former Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer and three others at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. IPID’s head of investigations Matthew Sesoko was asked to present the statistics at…

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SA’s ‘anti-gay’ marriage officers: Fierce debate looms as MP demands change | News24

Port Elizabeth – A private bill has been lodged by Congress of the People (COPE) Member of Parliament, Deidre Carter, that seeks to have the “right of refusal” of state employed marriage officers taken away. The Civil Union Amendment Bill, was lodged with the Office of the Speaker of the…

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Churches threaten to act against Mkhwebane over state capture inquiry | News24

Johannesburg – The South African Council of Churches has threatened to act against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane if she fails to explain her call for the terms of reference for the state capture inquiry to be expanded beyond the remedial action in the State of Capture report. In a letter…

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WATCH: Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner as Parliament debate resumes | News24

Canberra — An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner on Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalise marriage equality across the country. Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition, was among the first lawmakers to…

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2 convicted of murder for Vryheid farm attack | News24

Pietermaritzburg – Two men have been convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances following a farm attack earlier this month in Eensgevonden in Vryheid, police said on Friday. Sibusiso Mbatha, 23, and Ayanda Mncube, 21, pleaded guilty to the all the charges in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg…

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‘We are dealing with criminals with badges and gowns,’ says defiant O’Sullivan | News24

Pretoria – Private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan says he will not back down until certain “corrupt” people are behind bars. “We are dealing with criminals – criminals with badges and criminals with gowns. They are going to go to prison for what they did. I will not stop,” O’Sullivan said…

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Corrupt’ company sponsored Zuma’s birthday parties | News24

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma’s birthday parties in 2015 and 2016 were sponsored by controversial facilities management group Bosasa. Bosasa, led by CEO Gavin Watson, was found to have bribed prisons officials for tenders by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and is currently under criminal investigation by the Hawks. News24…

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Farm attack leaves suspect dead, while farm manager fights for his life | News24

Ficksburg – An attack at a farm near Ficksburg on Thursday has left a farm manager in a critical condition in hospital, one suspect dead and another seriously injured, police have confirmed. A farmworker, who was also injured during an ensuing scuffle, has received treatment for his injuries. Three suspects…

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Pastor’s human trafficking case postponed | News24

Port Elizabeth – Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso will have to wait another month while the State finalises investigations relating to charges of him being in possession of fraudulent visa documentation. The charismatic televangelist is facing charges of human trafficking, sexual assault, and the rape of young girls, but had another…

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Two arrested for Fochville farmer’s murder a day after #BlackMonday | News24

Johannesburg – Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a 63-year-old farmer near Fochville on the West Rand. The incident occurred on Tuesday – a day after #BlackMonday, when protests were held against farm attacks and killings. Gauteng police said the farmer and a farm worker…

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#UnitedBehind activists expected to march demanding Zuma’s arrest | News24

Cape Town – Activists from #UnitedBehind are on Wednesday expected to march from Central Methodist Mission in Greenmarket Square in Cape Town to an undisclosed location to demand the arrest of President Jacob Zuma. An organiser with the movement, Bruce Baigrie, said the march was expected to begin at around…

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Egypt extends detention of man held over rainbow flag | News24

Cairo –  Egyptian state security prosecutors have extended the pre-trial detention of a young man arrested on charges of “promoting deviance” after fans waved rainbow flags at a rock concert last month.Lawyer Hoda Nasrallah says on Monday that the hearing for her client, Ahmed Alaa, took place a day earlier.…

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KZN man hacked to death on a farm on #BlackMonday | News24

Durban – A 73-year-old man has been hacked to death on a farm in Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal as the #BlackMonday protest against farm murders continues around the country. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala told News24 that the suspect also died when he crashed the deceased’s Ford Bantam bakkie into an…

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Bail granted to SA lawyer arrested in Tanzania for ‘promoting homosexuality’ | News24

Johannesburg – South African human rights lawyer Sibongile Ndashe and her 12 colleagues, who were arrested by Tanzanian authorities on October 17 for “promoting homosexuality”, have been released on bail, a colleague has confirmed. Senior lawyer and spokesperson at the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in South Africa (ISLA), Matilda Lasseko…

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Inside the most powerful church in south Africa | The Independent

  Pastor Sifiso leans back into an ample leather armchair and prepares to explode what he sees as the misconception that a rich man cannot enter heaven.”Listen, the bible tells us that the streets of heaven are paved with gold,” he says. As the young preacher speaks there’s a glint…

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SACC excluded from interfaith council | IOL News

The SA Council of Churches was neither informed of nor invited to the recent formation of the National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC), it said on Wednesday. “Although we do not presume that our exclusion was malicious, but the SACC is disappointed at not having been offered the courtesy of invitation,”…

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Ray McCauley – Wikipedia

Controversy McCauley has been a controversial figure in South Africa. Rhema Ministries has been accused of being a proponent of the prosperity gospel. McCauley has led a controversial lifestyle, with many alleging that he leads a millionaire’s lifestyle. McCauley has defended himself on numerous occasions with the argument that he…

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National Interfaith Council of South Africa | New Chapter in the Evolution of the Interfaith Movement

New Chapter in the Evolution of the Interfaith Movement CRATA facilitated the interaction of the NRLF, NILC, civil society organisations and government departments with a view to enhancing the development role or the religious institutions. In August 2010 the National Heritage Council hosted a national conference on the values of…

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National Interfaith Council of South Africa – Wikipedia

History The National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF) interfaith body was formed in post-apartheid South Africa. When President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009, Pastor Ray McCauley of Rhema Bible Church formed a new interfaith organization called the National Interfaith Leadership Council (NILC) which subsequently merged with the National Religious Leaders…

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Ray McCauley – Wikipedia

Ministry McCauley attended bible college with his first wife Lyndie at Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1978/9. On their return to South Africa the McCauleys started Rhema Bible Church under Rhema Ministries SA in the home of his parents, Jimmy and Doreen, which 13 people attended. Membership…

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Zuma seems to position Mahlobo to ‘push through’ nuclear deal – Steve Friedman | News24

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has reshuffled his cabinet, adjusting six portfolios including the Ministry of Energy, in a move analysts say is linked to a contentious nuclear energy deal with Russia. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Presidency said it had moved David Mahlobo, former minister of state security…

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Elderly Potch farmer found dead after alleged scuffle with gunmen | News24

Potchefstroom – A man believed to be in his 70s was found dead on Friday night in an alleged farm attack, on a plot outside of Potchefstroom.ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, said paramedics had arrived on the scene and found an elderly man lying outside. Local security forces were already on the scene.…

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14th Dalai Lama – Wikipedia

In October 1998, the Dalai Lama’s administration acknowledged that it received $1.7 million a year in the 1960s from the U.S. government through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). When asked by CIA officer John Kenneth Knaus in 1995 to comment on the CIA Tibetan program, the Dalai Lama replied that though…

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BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement – Wikipedia

The BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) is a framework for the provision of support through liquidity and precautionary instruments in response to actual or potential short-term balance of payments pressures. It was established in 2015 by the BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The legal basis is…

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No arrests yet in Randfontein family farm murder | News24

2016-03-15 17:53 Johannesburg – The police have not yet made any arrests in connection with the murder of a Randfontein family on their farm near Doornfontein. Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said on Tuesday investigations were continuing. He said it was unclear how many people had attacked the family, beating them to death last Wednesday…

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Churches South Africa Alphabetical List A – Z Christian church denominations

A African Apostolic Church, Taba Nchu, Free State, 073 4885000, Minister: Isaac Moshoeshoe African Church (Living Word Parish) Tsakane 011 7367622 Minister: David Molefe African Church (St Mary’s) Atteridgeville, Pretoria, 012 373 8400 Minister: Ishmael Chimeloane African Church (St Peter’s),Ga-rankuwa, 0725782780 Minister: Rev Ishmael Mokolokolo African Church (St Phillips), Kimberley,…

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Zuma meets interfaith council

Pretoria – Moral regeneration, corruption, crime and orphans were discussed at a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and the national Interfaith Leadership Council on Tuesday. Speaking in Pretoria, Zuma said the meeting had been “very successful” with good synergy. “We think we need a united formation of religious leaders working…

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Why ANC dumped council of churches | News | National | M&G

The ANC has marginalised the South African Council of Churches in favour of Pastor Ray McCauley’s National Interfaith Leaders’ Council because it refuses to cosy up to the ANC, SACC leaders said this week. Two SACC sources told the Mail & Guardian that the council felt it was being punished…

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Religious leaders urge Zuma to ‘do honourable thing’ and resign | The Citizen

South Africa’s top religious leaders who include well-known former anti-apartheid church activists, have called on President Jacob Zuma to “do the honourable thing” and resign. In a joint statement, the leaders said Zuma has lost all moral legitimacy to govern and therefore should do the honourable thing and step down.…

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Church council to come out of ‘ICU’ for nation building – Chikane | News24

Johannesburg – The South African Council of Churches (SACC) will no longer sit on the sidelines while society suffers, its senior Vice President Reverend Frank Chikane told journalists on Saturday. ‎ “Today it’s a beginning of a new thing,” Chikane said at the SACC’s June 16 commemoration in Orlando Stadium. “The…

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#StateCaptureReport: SACC calls for corruption TRC | News24

Johannesburg – The South African Council of Churches has called for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) into corruption following the release of the State Capture report on Wednesday. “The Gupta chapter is only one part of the larger tapestry of possible corruption and improper influence, and that for South…

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Country risks collapsing from systematic siphoning of state assets – SACC | News24

Soweto – The South African Council of Churches has warned that the country risks collapsing if the ANC does not act on the “systematic siphoning of state assets pivoted around President Jacob Zuma”. “The country is going to collapse. It is difficult to rebuild once you go into lawlessness,” SACC…

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Council of Churches report on state capture can be used in NEC discussions – Mantashe | News24

Pretoria – The African National Congress might not have placed the South African Council of Churches (SACC) report into state capture on their agenda, but it can still be used in debates during its national executive committee (NEC) says ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. He was speaking on the sidelines of…

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Churches to seek meeting with Zuma over ‘blasphemy’ | News24

The SA Council of Churches is hoping to meet with President Jacob Zuma over his “problematic” statement that a vote for the ANC will get people into heaven, it said today. “We work on a daily basis with scores of people who are hungry, unemployed and homeless. These are our…

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