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By NHLANHLA MATHUNJWA - THE SWAZI TIMES-27-Aug-2009

MBABANE – The Swaziland Conference of Churches (SCC) has been summoned by traditional authorities over the statements made by Pastor Justice Dlamini of the Worship Centre over the Incwala Ceremony.

During the National Prayer held at the Somhlolo National Stadium two weeks ago, the charismatic pastor openly told over 300 Christians that Incwala was unholy. Dlamini went on to allege that this was the time whereby witchcraft was being practised.

The national prayer had been organised by the SCC which happens to be the church’s mother body. It was gathered that the SCC Executive Committee was summoned by traditional authorities who included the acting Indvuna Timothy Velabo Mtsetfwa.

This newspaper has it in authority that two executive members of the SCC met the traditional authorities yesterday morning where they were asked to explain what the purpose of the prayer was and further explain how they allowed Pastor Justice to talk about the Incwala during the prayer service. Two members of the SCC were found at Ludzidzini Royal Residence.

The SCC President Bishop Steven Masilela was with his vice Reverend Titus Ndzima. It was gathered that before they left, they were informed that should the traditional authorities feel that they need more information from them, they would be summoned again.

Confirmed

When contacted later, Bishop Masilela confirmed that they had been summoned by the traditional authorities. “Although I would not like to get into details of what was discussed but I can confirm that we met with the traditional authorities,” he said.

Masilela said they were pleased to have the opportunity to give clarification on the matter. “Indeed we were pleased to get such an opportunity and we hope that we will be able to address the issue without any problem,” he said. In a previous interview acting Ludzidzini Governor TV Mtsetfwa said they took the statements made by Dlamini seriously and that they would deal with the issue.


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