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'Mad son' wants maintenance from ZCC leader

By unknown | May 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

A man described as mad by his mother will haul Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane, leader of the Zion Christian Church, to court for maintenance.

But the man's mother, Amelia Lerata of Orange Farm near Johannesburg, said her son must be having "mental problems" and that she knows nothing of the pending maintenance case.

A shocked Lerata said: "I have never met Lekganyane and I don't even know him.

"There must be something wrong with my boy to make such outrageous claims."

Lerata is not a member of the ZCC.

But the man - he calls himself Tshepo Barnabas Edward Lekganyane Junior - is suing the bishop for R50000 a month in maintenance.

Lekganyane Junior, who is a member of the ZCC, has already laid a claim to his filial link to the bishop in the Johannesburg family court.

A source at the court confirmed that the man's claim will be heard this month.

"Senior magistrate Daniel Thulare has already issued a summons ordering the head of Africa's biggest church to appear before him in two weeks," said our source who asked not to be named.

And Thulare is also firm. "We collect maintenance without fear or favour. It does not matter who you are," Thulare said.

Lerata said her son had once travelled to Moria.

"He caused chaos and told security personnel to let him in because Lekganyane was his father.

"The next day Lekganyane sent a delegation to my house to come and tell me that my son had been banned from Moria."

The mother also confirmed that Lekganyane Junior is currently in jail after a fight with his girlfriend. Bishop Lekganyane could not be reached for comment.

A family friend alleged that Junior's girlfriend had framed him "because he has been promising to marry her for a long time.

"He has been telling her that they will have a lot of money soon as he was the son of Lekganyane."


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