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Townships are hell, says cross-bearing pastor

By Sabelo Mpana | 2011-04-26 06:03:14.0 | COMMENTS [ 59 ]

A CAPE Town pastor, Xola Skosana, marched almost 14km carrying a huge wooden cross to proclaim that "South African townships are hell"

The march - from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha - took place on Saturday.

Though the huge cross was fitted with a wheel to enable Skosana to drag it the pillow on his shoulder, on which the cross rested, showed that it was still a very heavy load.

"If people do not stand up against their poor living conditions there will be no change in their lives," Skosana said.

"They cannot outsource their responsibility to politicians. People must have faith in themselves to bring change in their society."

Flanked by supporters and carrying his customary "Welcome to Hell: South African townships" banner, Skosana's march attracted about 300 people from the black consciousness-aligned group Blackwash, Abahlali baseMjondolo, local back-yard associations and the DA.

At one stage Blackwash supporters clashed with DA members and a DA T-shirt was set alight.

Lonwabo Kilani of Blackwash said: "The march was not organised so that political parties could hijack it. We burnt a DA T-shirt not because we support the ANC. The DA and ANC are the same. They are responsible for the conditions of the black people in the townships. We could not find an ANC T-shirt. We wanted to burn the T-shirts of both parties," Kilani said.

The march took about five and half hours, with frequent stops to explain to people what was happening.

Bystander Wellington Lubambo, 51, said he was happy to see that the church cared about the living conditions of people in the townships.

"We have lived here for the past 16 years and only promises have been made. No one has ever come back to fulfil those promises. We have neither electricity nor clean water and this place is dirty," an angry Lubambo said.

"Our children are always sick because of the dirty water running down our streets."

Abahlali baseMjondolo leader Mzonke Poni urged the crowd not to be loyal to political parties.

"Political parties have disappointed us for too long. As a result, many of our people are politically confused. Last year they were wearing Cope T-shirts. This year they are wearing different T-shirts," he said.


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The pastor forgot a simple principle: "Adam you will eat by the sweat of your brow".Neither the ANC nor DA will never change the mindset of a lazy person.

Tax payers money is thre God provided it - so ruling party help people

2011-04-28 08:28:40.0 | 0 replies

Good for you Pastor, the way I see it the church has enough resources to end poverty, by you organising 300 people to march with it's a good start, now all thats needed is for you to take those 300( like king Leonidors) put them to good use, instead of marching first start by cleaning up the streets that you are complaining about, they is enough natural resources you can use to build houses with, which can help eradicate shakes. The energy used to march 14km can be used to tackel the problems you are marching about.

2011-04-26 12:02:42.0 | 0 replies


"Blacks in general are lazy, that's why they own nothing.
We farm and feed you.
We given you jobs.
The reason the townships are hell is because the are no whites there.
The townships are like other black countries were there is no white touch."

go straight to hell you little pice of trash, jou muskond bladie monkey le go nkga masepa.

2011-04-26 12:02:02.0 | 0 replies

yes we created those townships, that's were you belong.
If you were inteligent enough , you would be smart to improve them, but instead you are running to white areas, devaluing our properties.
Some people are superior to others, from day one since we encountered the black man he has lways been lower than us.We have always outsmarted you, you never had the upper hand even today who runs and owns the economy?Certainly not you.

2011-04-26 11:58:03.0 | 0 replies

Let me tell you as a whitey and Afrikaner: You are an idiot, jump on a ship and get lost, but I suppose Europe won't take an idiot like you!

I agree with you. "Them and us" will divide us even further.

2011-04-26 11:41:00.0 | 0 replies

Long overdue to stand up against the corrupt anc. people do not vote but vote with yo feet to demand lowered salaries 4 all politicians, otherwise more women will b married 2 rich politicians who sleep in hotels at your cost. forget racists who try 2 act better. whites have misruled themselves, what is happening in ireland, usa has misruled itself till obama tries 2 save the sunk ship. we ask why zims do not stand up, now why do we not stand up. if needs b, sa can go into flames and let the rich loose all their mansions, body guards, expensive cars all acquired through our costs.

2011-04-26 11:29:15.0 | 0 replies

"Townships are hell because blacks lack the intelligence to improve their lives."

You are skewed and narrow minded. I refuse to take responsibility for your sheer ignorance. Who created townships and now you have the audacity to tell us that some people are inferior?

Let me tell you something, If the apartheid government did not kill people like Chris Hani, Robert Sobukwe and Steven Bantu Biko, I tell you, we will not in the first place engaged in nonsense like reconciliation as it made people like you so arrogant in your resolve to be racists.

2011-04-26 11:13:50.0 | 0 replies

"SUNDAY WORLD" Last Updated: 2011/04/23"

He’s a con artist! Mboro is after your moolah

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them,” Jesus Christ warned his disciples.

Sunday World can today reveal that one of those false prophets could be none other than self-proclaimed prophet Paseka Motsoeneng of Incredible Happenings church in Katlehong.

Motsoeneng portrays himself as a son of God who deals with evil spirits. His “healing powers”, screened on Soweto TV every Sunday, have attracted thousands of unsuspecting people from across the country to his church.

They flock to the church hoping to receive or witness Motsoeneng’s miracle cures.

Sadly, Motsoeneng’s miraculous healing powers flighted on TV are not true. They are in fact acts carefully stage-managed by Motsoeneng and his TV crew.

Among other things, a Sunday World two-month investigation has revealed that:
An episode widely shown on Soweto TV of a teenager who claims to have “given birth to stones” after allegedly being helped by the man many people have come to know as Mbhoro, is suspicious.

The Sunday World team was present when the woman was “treated” but we did not see stones coming out of her private parts.

Instead, what the Sunday World witnessed was Motsoeneng plunging his fingers into the woman’s vagina, which he referred to as the woman’s “biscuits”. Afterwards the woman was bleeding profusely.

Mbhoro was recently shown on TV enabling a wheelchair-bound person to stand up and walk.

This episode led to many wheelchair-bound people flocking to his church for help.

Sunday World has discovered that this incident was staged too. Throughout our investigation, Motsoeneng simply ignored folk in wheelchairs and other paralysed people who were desperate for help.

During our first visit, one such desperate man asked Mbhoro to pray for him. The man, who is paralysed from the waist down, said: “Please pray for me. This part of me doesn’t work”.

Mbhoro just touched him and said: “I’m tired and hungry. Do you want me to die of hunger?”

He then ignored the man and simply went to pray for people whose situation was not dire.

Many people in Katlehong talk about how Motsoeneng has managed to transform himself from being an ordinary pastor into an overnight millionaire.

He has more than 15 heavily armed bodyguards who carry rifles to his church services and he has more than 20 servants.

Every Sunday, he waltzes into his church at the old Metro Cash’n Carry outlet building next to Katlehong bottle store to preach the word of God.

The bodyguards take turns in following his movements while others are strategically positioned to watch the crowd, as if he is a VIP whose life is under threat. This has raised many questions.

His church services attract more than 5000 people from all walks of life, who converge on the deserted building every Sunday.

When they arrive at Motsoeneng’s “Promised Land”, he milks almost every penny out of their pockets.

He asks for donations and sells stuff that he claims has holy healing powers.

Among the holy things he sells, are 5-litre bottles of water with his portrait on it and the name of the church at a cost of R65.

What people don’t know is that this water is from a tap at a house in Katlehong’s Nhlapho section.

He also sells packets of pads to both men and women, packs of candles, a DVD and a container of petroleum jelly that also has his portrait on it.

Donors are given white envelopes in which they are expected to put only bank notes towards the end of each service.

And some congregants pay up to R1000 for his help.

Some of the people who attend midweek services pay an entrance fee of about R700.

At the end of his TV show on Sunday, the TV channel supplies the viewers with banking details for people who want to join his scheme, which is called Scheme sa Mbhoro.

The minimum joining fee is R100 every Sunday.

Motsoeneng did not return our calls or acknowledge receipt of our correspondence.

As a result of Sunday World’s probe, Soweto TV said it would launch an investigation to establish if people who claimed to have been miraculously healed by Motsoeneng are telling the truth .

This was conveyed to this newspaper by the station’s acting manager Vutomi Mushwana yesterday.

Mushwana decided to launch this investigation after we informed the station that the teenager who announced on Motsoeneng’s programme that stones had come out of her private parts after the prophet helped her, had not told the truth.

Mushwana said their investigations would have been completed last week but they were derailed by Motsoeneng’s failure to honour their appointment.

Mushwana told Sunday World that Motsoeneng invited her to view the unedited tape at his house in the East Rand on Friday night.

“I arrived at his house but he failed to show up. He has now promised to give us the video of stones coming out of the girl’s vagina and her medical records on Tuesday next week.

“We view this allegation in a very serious light and we will leave no stone unturned to establish the truth of the matter,” Mushwana said.

2011-04-26 10:56:58.0 | 0 replies

I have good education and I also manage a team of people, I have a few blacks on my team for AA & EE purposes, but if it wasn't for that, none will be on my team.

2011-04-26 10:21:18.0 | 0 replies

takos I didn't ask for your engagement. You are not smart enough to engage me.
The truth hurts.Everywhere where the is no white rule, the country is in shambles.

Even blacks today admit that there is no capable group of blacks to run the country.
Blacks only have the anc, apart from that which black party can be trusted to rule the country? None.

Since the is failing, who can save the country?only us.

2011-04-26 10:16:21.0 | 0 replies

Maybe you have an inferior complex, no person/nation on this earth is inferior to any other. Could it be that your education is inferior and that you have a problem with the fact that there are billions people of other race that have a better education than you?

2011-04-26 10:10:18.0 | 0 replies