‘Torture at church’

Bishop John Bolana, left and police at the scene on Sunday night, right. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan
Bishop John Bolana, left and police at the scene on Sunday night, right. Picture by: Fredlin Adriaan

AT LEAST four people belonging to the Bantu Church of Christ were allegedly locked up, tortured with whips, strangled and sprayed with water in a bid by church authorities to ascertain the whereabouts of a former congregant – said to have fallen out with Bishop John Bolana – who has gone into hiding.

Bolana, widely referred to as uTata or uTatomkhulu, is the head of New Brighton’s Bantu Church of Christ and has strong political links, with President Jacob Zuma having frequented the church for pre-election prayers.

A young preacher was taken to hospital, while his three friends were recovering at home after they were hauled before the church council and vigorously interrogated about the whereabouts of their friend, known as Prince Charles.

– Hendrick Mphande and Zandile Mbabela  

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