A South African church has been busted by Police in the country for running a sex slave cult. According to the information gathered from the country, the church was sacked on Saturday after some members of the church attacked a police station in the tiny Eastern Cape Town of Engcobo, killing five policemen.
The Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry, a church run as a cult, with their leaders regarding themselves as Angels of God and were alleged to be the masterminds of the attack at the police station.
“In this church it is forbidden to have identity documents. Children are not allowed to have birth certificates and they are not allowed to attend school,” said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sithole.
The rescued girls were kept in about 10 corrugated iron shacks. Inside, mattresses lined the floor and clothes hung from wires or were dumped on the beds.
A high-ranking police officer told City Press that the cult, in the centre of Nyanga village, was established by a Mr Mancoba, who died in 2015.
Mancoba’s seven sons refused to follow their father’s successor. The “seven angels” and their mother subsequently became the leaders of the breakaway cult.
They soon ran out of money, which the officer said could explain why they attacked the police station and bombed two ATMs in town.
“They need money and are desperate. People of that church are brainwashed. They only live in their own world.”
The officer said at least three of the seven men killed in Friday night’s shooting were among the “angel” brothers, who had masterminded the massacre. One of them is on the run.
“The guys, known as angels, drive very expensive cars, but do not work. They are well known here in Engcobo,” the officer said.
On Friday night, police tracked down those who allegedly attacked the police station. They were found 3km outside Engcobo and about 500m from where two of the five slain policemen were executed before their van plunged into a gorge. Seven cult members were killed in the ensuing shoot-out and 10 were arrested.