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JERICHOS: OUR 200 KOMBIS ‘ROBBED’ E400 000 BY COPS

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MANZINI – Leaders of the Red Gown Sect are screaming day- light robbery by the police who forced them to pay ‘traffic fines’ between E2 000 and E2 500.


This was after about 200 South African kombis, which were ferrying over 3 000 members of the church from the neighbouring country, were allegedly forced to pay between E2 000 and E2 500 each by the police, which means they pocketed over E400 000.
It was said that the money was a fine for crossing the border yet the public service vehicles were not registered as a cross-border public transport vehicles.


As such, many roadblocks were mounted in various parts of the country.
These developments come hardly a day after Bishop Khanyakwezwe Vilakati, the leader of the Jericho Church, heaped praises to the police for providing security during his church’s cleansing ceremony, which was held at Manganganeni Dam in Gege over the past weekend.


Jeremiah Vilakati, one of the church’s senior priests, said after the ceremony, they learnt with shock that most of their members from the neighbouring country were ‘robbed’ by the police while on their way to the ceremony on Saturday evening.
He said after the cleansing ceremony, they were called by stranded church members from South Africa who informed them that while they were on their way to the cleansing ceremony, the kombis they had hired were stopped by uniformed police officers just after crossing the borders.


Demanded


The senior priest said according to the affected church members, the police officers demanded that each kombi should pay a E2 000 spot fine because they were  was not a cross-border public transport vehicle . He said when they told them that they did not have that amount, the officers allegedly took the driver’s and passengers’ travelling documents until they organised the money and thereafter let them go.

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