South Africa 24.5.2018 07:51 am

Mancoba Seven Angels Ministries Church leader back in court

Forensic Investigators at the scene of a shootout at the Mancobo Seven Angels Ministries church, where seven men suspected of a deadly attack on police were killed in Engcobo on February 24. Picture Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali

Forensic Investigators at the scene of a shootout at the Mancobo Seven Angels Ministries church, where seven men suspected of a deadly attack on police were killed in Engcobo on February 24. Picture Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Simphiwe Nkwali

The church leader is the accused number one together with 11 suspects for conspiracy to commit robbery with aggravating circumstances and is also facing a charge of rape. 

The leader of the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministries Church, Banele Mancoba‚ is expected to appear in the Ngcobo Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, with co-accused Ephraim Mancoba where they face charges of conspiracy to rob.

On April 30, the court referred Seven Angels Church leader, Banele Mancoba, to the Fort England psychiatric institution in Grahamstown.

Mancoba who is the accused number one together with 11 suspects for conspiracy to commit robbery with aggravating circumstances is also facing a charge of rape.

The complainant alleged that Mancoba raped her at his home which also served as Seven Angels Church from July 2015 to 25 February 2018, the time of his arrest. He made the first court appearance in relation to this charge on the 20th of March and the matter was postponed to 30 April.

Prosecutor Sikhona Ndika told the court that Mancoba has been recommended for psychiatric institution following an evaluation by a psychologist.

More than 100 people including women and children were evacuated from Mancoba compound following the police raids after the shooting of five police Ngcobo police officers allegedly by suspects who were later found at Mancoba compound.

Police revealed after uncovering the situation at Mancoba Seven Angels Church that they were investigating allegations of rape, sexual grooming and sexual exploration.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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