It was an unbelievable outburst by the community of Oukasie when they attacked the Apostolic Churches seen on the outskirts of the area. This happened after a gruesome discovery of the bodies of two kids who allegedly drowned at Thatch Haven Lodge less than a month ago.
On the 14th of June 2015 the furious community members went around the area burning everything that was seen on the sites of all the churches including the crosses made out of wood and cloths and the colourful cloths covering the surroundings of all the churches.
Accompanied by the two Brits SAPS vehicles, the community accused the churches of using witchcraft, casting evil spells on the community, causing the continuous disappearance of school kids and also occupying the land illegally.
Some of the church members defended themselves by saying that they have been occupying the land legally and that they have been paying rent to someone from the municipality.” We are not going to be intimidated by the community of Oukasie.”
“If they did not want us to have church services next to them, they should have said it politely, not through physical outrage and violent demonstrations. We are human beings and we would have listened if they had approached us and told us to leave nicely.”
“Now I want to set the record straight, those allegations that we bewitch the South Africans must come to an end because we have no intention of doing such things. We did not kill anybody let alone young children for wealth, what we do is that we pray to God like any other church members on earth.”
“I am pleading with the community to leave us alone and focus on their development instead of running after innocent churches. We could be regarded as outsiders but I strongly believe that we pray the same God and we all deserve to pray.”
“Our churches do not descriminate against anybody; everybody is welcome. The stuff we use in the churches are not there to bewitch anybody or curse the community but it is what we use to express our faith.” said a Prophet.
According to Dean Ministries, One church that is fairly popular in South Africa is the Old Apostolic Church (OAC). The OAC has its roots in the Catholic Apostolic Church (formed around 1831, but after its last “apostle” died in 1901 it went into decline) which followed the Nicene Creed of 325AD (Catholic) and, like the OAC, is not an offshoot of the Reformation (or, Protestantism) but of Irvingism.
Hermann Niehaus tried to remove Carl George Klibbe and appointed Wilhelm Schlaphoff as “apostle” instead. Klibbe was excommunicated in 1913. So, for a while there were two NACs in South Africa. Eventually they came to an agreement in 1926.
Carl Klibbe’s church would be called Old Apostolic Church (OAC), Schlaphoff’s would become the New Apostolic Church (NAC). Today the OAC has around 2 million followers in Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi) and 30,000 in Europe; branches are in USA, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
The OAC is divided into nine districts covering Southern Africa and Germany. Each district is run by the District Office, where the “apostles” work from. Each “apostle” has an Apostleship which includes a few Overseerships. Such an Overseership is led by an Overseer, Evangelist and Prophet. It is divided into many Elderships.
Enter the cult status. The core difference between the OAC and other churches is that it reads the Bible “spiritually”, rather than literally. In other words, you as a believer cannot simply buy a Bible and start reading it.
You see, every word that is written in the Bible is inspired by God, and for them this means it is deemed too holy to be read in the normal way. So whatever is written in the Bible, there has to be a hidden “spiritual” meaning for every word.
Meanwhile, one community member told Madibeng Times that she cannot state with absolute certainty whether the churches are the cause of every evil deed in their community. “Of course this people and their churches are surrounding us big time and that is a serious matter.”
“I think we should use facts instead of allegations to deal with this challenge, many community members will think that what we are doing is part of xenophobic attacks. At least we are doing it peacefully without vandalising anyone’s property.” said a community member. If indeed they are paying rent,then who accepts the money?