18 kids taken from Eastern Cape church must go to school

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Johannesburg – Eighteen children living at a church near Ncgobo in the Eastern Cape were not allowed any form of schooling, which was against the law, the social development department said on Wednesday.

Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, and officials visited the Angel Ministries church on Wednesday to understand its practices, spokesperson Mzukisi Solani told News24.

On Monday, after months of investigation, police and social workers removed the children from the church.

According to Solani, people stayed in hostel-like dwellings and were barred from communicating with the outside world.

This was a rule handed down from the church’s founding father, who died in April last year, leaving his wife and seven sons in charge of running it.

Solani said the church’s decision not to provide any schooling for the children was against the law, which prompted the department’s decision to “rescue” them.

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