Jehovah’s Witnesses attacked
By Mbongiseni Ndzimandze
THE Mbabane National court yesterday heard how a knife wielding community policeman entered the Jehovah’s witnesses Church at Kupheleni and ordered Christians to abandon their worship and disperse.
Jabulane Mabilisa is said to have not only ordered the congregation to disperse, but allegedly further assaulted one of the church members with an open hand.
One of the witnesses in the matter, Sibongile Shabangu, told the court that it was while they were worshipping that the armed accused ordered members of the congregation to disperse and . She alleged that he also ordered them to collect their belongings since they were no longer needed.
“Your worship, we were praying when we heard the accused shouting on top of his voice ordering everyone to leave the premises. It was after we had seen that he was carrying a bush knife that everyone ran helter skelter since he was also in an uncompromising mood,” she said.
The court heard how the accused also assaulted the pastor’s son, Khanya Dlamini. In his submission under oath, the accused stated that he decided to order the church members out of the church building because the land it was built on belonged to him.
“Your worship, I ordered them out because we were no longer seeing eye to eye with the pastor and I wanted to sort that issue with him,” he said.
The accused further alleged that the church doctrine had changed in recent times in that the pastor was more inclined to preach against royalty.
Mabilisa further said the pastor, the previous day, had thrown out clothing items belonging to a church member, an act he said was proof that the pastor had turned against the spirit of the gospel.
When asked by the court president Ngeto Cindzi why he assaulted the pastor’s son, Mabilisa said he was angered by his father’s act.
The case continues as more witnesses are to be called to testify.