CCL defends Rantle

CCL defends Rantle

MASERU – The Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) has defended its decision to accept the newly formed Wesleyan Methodist Church led by Reverend Daniel Rantle.
This follows complaints by members of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA), from which Reverend Rantle defected to form his new church.
Reverend Khosi Makubakube, the CCL spokesman told thepost yesterday that he is surprised why the issue is being raised now when the new church was officially accepted as a member in April.
“The council knew that Reverend Rantle had a string of cases with his former church and accepting him was delayed from August last year to April 9 this year,” he said.

“We delayed until Ntate Rantle complained and during all this time the Methodist Church of Southern Africa never complained,” he said.
“The church is represented in the council and they knew of the application of the Wesleyan Methodist Church but did not object until after April when we accepted the new church.”
Reverend Makubakube said the CCL does not have any mandate to challenge the decision of the government’s registering authority, which is in charge of registering churches.
He said as long as the church believes in the holy trinity and has registered with the Law Office “there is nothing we can do”.

“The complainants should go to court to challenge the decision of the registrar of societies to register this church. As for us, we have nothing to say.”
The CCL embraced and accepted membership of Reverend Rantle’s Wesleyan Methodist Church after his bruising court battles with his former church.
The MCSA has won all litigation processes against Reverend Rantle, who was abetted by his followers, Stephen Mapheelle and ’Malimpho Mary Phatela.
They wanted the MCSA in Lesotho to be controlled by Basotho residents in Lesotho and not the Southern African Methodist Church Connexion, which comprises of six countries of the SADC sub-region including Lesotho.

They lost both the Lesotho High Court case and the Court of Appeal of Lesotho which ordered that:
1) They are restrained and interdicted from passing themselves off as and/or using the name ‘Methodist Church of Southern Africa’ and any other name which is so similar to that of the MCSA as to be likely or calculated to lead to confusion.

2) The three and their associates and followers are interdicted and restrained from using MCSA uniforms designed in the three traditional colours of the MCSA being; red, white and black;

3) The three and their associates and/or followers are interdicted and restrained from using MCSA logos, symbols, emblems and coat of arms of a scallop shell with red and white cross in its centre;

4) They are restrained and interdicted from doing anything in the future to cause the Registrar of Companies to register and/or record them or any other person associated with them as being members of, directors of, office bearers of or employees of the MCSA;

Sphiwo Mseti, the MCSA Lesotho region Young Men Guild (YMG) secretary, said the new church risked contempt of court charges for calling the outfit the Wesleyan Methodist church.
“The renegade priest openly uses MCSA uniform designed in the three traditional colours, and still continues to use the MCSA logos, symbols and coat of arms,” Mseti complained.
He said the MCSA Maseru Circuit Superintendent Minister, Rev. ZJ January, and MCSA Connexional secretary, Rev. Charmaine Morgan, have respectively written letters of protest on 29/7/18 and 31/5/18 bringing to the attention of the CCL that Rev.

Rantle has been restrained and interdicted from passing himself off as and/or using the name ‘MCSA’ or any other name which is so similar to that of MCSA as to be likely or calculated to lead to confusion.

Mseti said even the Methodist Primary School which was formed in 1958 is well known as ‘Wesele’ and its students ‘Mawezi’ , even the Methodist High School situated at Khubetsoana in Berea district is known as ‘Wesele’.

“The CCL is urged to refrain from assisting its members to disregard court orders by their acceptance of new applications of membership by churches which defy orders of the courts.
“The CCL board of directors and its secretariat should maybe inculcate ethnic leadership in our church society,” he said.
He further said the CCL must observe and respect the rule of law and that all CCL actions and decisions must be within the parameters set by the law.

Staff Reporter

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