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By unknown | Nov 30, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

A pastor and his family of 14 have been forced to share a low-cost house after a mob torched his 12-roomed house, claiming he was practising witchcraft.

But the Twelfth Apostolic Church pastor, Meshack Mtshali, 55, denied the allegation.

He was in Mozambique preparing for a yearly l church service when the incident occurred.

"As far as I am concerned, I had no enemies or grudges with any of the residents," Mtshali said.

He said his family was still traumatised by the incident and the claims of witchcraft.

"I have never used muti in my entire life and God knows that," he said.

But residents from Groutville, on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, have threatened to kill the pastor and his relatives if they return.

"T he moment he moved here, our lives changed. We felt sick and two people died under mysterious circumstances," said a community member, who refused to give his name.

Five people were arrested and are out on a warning. They will appear again in the Stanger magistrates' court on December 14.


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