‘Fake prophet’ barred from Lesotho

‘Fake prophet’ barred from Lesotho

MASERU – THE High Court has temporarily barred a self-proclaimed prophet from South Africa who is charging a consultation fee to meet him face-to-face.
‘Prophet’ Mafa Tsoane (Pictured) of the Liberation Chapel Ministries was charging M1 200 for anointing, prophecy and prayer.
The High Court ruled that ‘Prophet’ Ts’oane should not charge consultation fees.

The order was granted following an urgent application by 12 local Pentecostal churches that argued that it is against the law and public policy for ‘Prophet’ Tsoane to charge a fee.
They wanted the court to declare that “it is against public policy to charge a fee, consultancy fee or any form of payment to congregants, Christians, believers and members of the public in order to pray for them, to receive anointing or to receive prophecy from religious ministries and other religious denominations”.
The churches also want ‘Prophet’ Tsoane to be stopped from engaging in “consultancy services without a tax clearance certificate from the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) and a licence from the Ministry of Trade”.

The court granted the temporary order, meaning that ‘Prophet’ Tsoane will not be charging fees until the case is finalized.
Other respondents in the application were the Registrar of Societies, Minister of Social Development, Ministry of Trade, Attorney General, Christian Council of Lesotho and the LRA.
thepost understands that the police and sheriffs of the High Court recovered M20 000 when they raided ‘Prophet’ Tsoane after the court order.
In an affidavit Bishop Motlatsi Shale of the Chosen Christian Church said the purpose of the application was to “prevent dishonesty, deceit, propagation of false religious doctrines and prevent heresy from being sworn” in Lesotho.

Bishop Shale said it was clear that ‘Prophet’ Tsoane was not in Lesotho to preach the gospel but to make money.
He said churches get money from voluntary donations and tithes, not from charging consultancy fees.
“I submit that the first respondent (‘Prophet’ Tsoane) should be interdicted from bringing the practices that we have seen in South Africa in present times in which people are taking advantage of the public by taking money from them in the name of religion,” Bishop Shale said.

“I submit that the religious organisations are organisations not for gain and the moment gain is introduced in the course of religious activities or preaching of Gospel, that amounts to business and there should be compliance with the laws governing business in Lesotho.”
Simon Hlalele, founder of Winds of Change Ministries, and Mojalefa Mokheleli, founder of Shakkinah Glory Ministries, filed supporting affidavits.
On his website Prophet’ Tsoane advertises products like ‘holy water’, ‘fire oil’ and stickers.

Majara Molupe

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