Charismatic pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng has withdrawn his application for an urgent interdict in the High Court against the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL)‚ the entity said on Thursday.
The case was set down for today‚ 10 August 2017.
The commission said in a statement that Prophet Mboro had wanted to go to court for “an urgent application to interdict the Commission not to open a case against him for not complying with section 7(2) of the Commission’s Act 19 of 2002”. The Commission said it had opened the case in 2016
Today (Mboro) withdrew the case with cost. This means that (the prophet) will bear the Commission’s cost of opposing.”
In mid-July‚ the Sowetan reported Motsoeneng‚ of the Incredible Happenings Ministries based in Katlehong‚ Ekurhuleni‚ had asked his followers for R4‚900 each to fund his legal fees against the CRL commission.
Mboro is one of the pastors who has crossed swords with the commission over its investigation into harmful religious practices.
Mboro said the commission wanted him to make his bank account public but he refused.
In April 2016‚ commission chairwoman Thoko Xaluva-Mkhwanazi opened criminal charges against him at Hillbrow police station. She said at the time: “We have formally laid charges against Mboro.
He has consistently refused to give us financial statements or three months’ bank statements. We are looking into whether his religion is commercialised.