Zuma condemns threats against CRL Rights Commission members

The chairperson of the commission Thoko Xaluva-Mkhwanazi has received threats and insults based on the commission’s investigation.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has condemned the threats and intimidation of members of the Commission for The Promotion and Protection of The Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission).

The chairperson of the commission Thoko Xaluva-Mkhwanazi has received threats and insults based on the commission’s investigation into the commercialisation of religion and the abuse of people’s beliefs systems.

Zuma met with the leadership of the CRL Rights Commission this week.

He has appealed that all South Africans should respect Chapter 9 institutions.

The presidency’s Bongani Ngqulunga says leaders of these institutions should be able to work without fear.

“They’ve been established to strengthen the country's constitutional democracy and they must be respected.

“The leaders of these institutions, the president has said must be given space to exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Xaluva-Mkhwanazi opened a criminal case against controversial Prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Pastor Mboro.

Pastor Mboro along with several pastors have been publicly against the CRL commission's report to have all religious leaders registered and operate within the law.

Xaluva-Mkhwanazi said Pastor Mboro has gone too far by making a number of false allegations against the commission and now making threats on her life.

Additional reporting by Thando Kubheka.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)