Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza I believe you.

18 Oct

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Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza I believe you.

In 2017 South Africa was woken up to another horrific case of rape and sexual trafficking. In my previous blog, I spoke of the so called man of God, Timothy Omotoso.
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https://rosiemoteneblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/cheryl-zondi-i-believe%e2%80%8b-you/

Just this week, the trail started and we watched how the young Cheryl Zondi took to the stand and shared how she lived a traumatic life of being kept captive and continuously raped by this despicable excuse of a human being.
When the case broke in 2017, many press outlets interviewed a number of people who were part of the church cult. There were two young twin sister, Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza, who initially denied any form of abuse and rape. This year they changed their statements and confessed that they too had lived in fear and spoke out about Omotoso demonic ways. ​
They issued the following statement:

For immediate release
29 January 2018
SA IDOLS TWINS, SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THE NIGERIAN PASTOR REV TIM OMOTOSO
We would like to share our hearts with the whole nation regarding our journey in Timothy Omotoso Ministry.
Firstly we wish to send our heartfelt and sincere apologies to all the woman of South African for we appeared to be taking Timothy Omotoso’s side when he faced rape and sexual harassment charges and mostly we wish to apologize to all the victims (all the girls that were raped) we know them all and we took them as our blood sisters, but when they came out we were made to turn our backs against them and support Tim Omotoso. We were even asked to go do newspaper interviews to protect Omotoso.
We wish to also apologize to all the people that love and support us and our talent.
We have been in this Ministry for four years and we have lived in his house in Umhlanga for about a year, it was the worst experience ever… we were actually pushed to please the man, we were told that God will punish us if we ever say anything against Omotoso. We lived a life full of threats and Fear.
The elders of the church played a part in making us run away/escape from our homes to stay in Omotoso’s house, serve in his ministry as kids we were made to believe that Omotoso is the closest person to God and we can never have a relationship with God but only through Omotoso.
We have hurt our parents by allowing a Nigerian man to rule and rein over our lives, however many things happened in spirit than on the flesh. We have been blinded and our spirits were controlled or locked up somewhere by this Man and his Spirits because we could see all the wrongs but never bold to speak out, we wanted to scream but had no voices. Omotoso caused divisions in many families and ruined many peoples lives, his church have the highest unemployment rate and young people who are not studying.
We were not allowed to go to any other church, we were not allowed to listen to any other Pastor and we were not allowed to sing anywhere else besides in his church, we were not allowed to study, but his kids were studying, we were not allowed to see/visit our families.
The rape allegations were not new to us when Omotoso was arrested, it is something that we knew long before he got arrested. The girls would talk immediately after it happened in the house and when one was called to the upper room we knew what was going to happen to them, we were made to keep quiet and never say anything. We escaped and ran away at some point because we knew what was happening. Even when we had left the church we were still not free to talk, we were afraid that something bad will happen to us or our families.
We are happy to announce that we are finally free. We want to thank God Almighty for saving us and delivering us from Omotosos hand. It is not for us to judge.
We are happy to have our lives back and without a shadow of a ​doubt, we are ready to excel in life and spread the word and power of God through our music.
Issued by ANELE & NELISWA
For queries contact:
Mando Makhubela 0711799762

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The Mxakaza twins are originally from Ridgeview in Durban, they were invited by the pastor to join his church in 2013. After moving into the house, their mother tried on a number of occasions to get the girls out of his house, Mme Mxakaza was quoted as saying: ”From the beginning, I did not like the idea of them living at the pastor’s house, I fought with him several times, at one stage, he [the pastor] called me a wicked woman because I demanded that my daughters should come back home.” Mxakaza said the pastor had been telling her that the girls were “safer and okay” with him than at home.

The case will resume in Port Elizabeth next week. The twins will be called to testify.

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