Church man celebrates after charges dropped

Eric Shikobela of Holy Faith Family Church says he is ready to move on.

All five charges against Eric Shikobela and seven members of his church have been dropped by the Mamelodi magistrate’s court.

They were part of 10 people facing two charges of malicious damage to property and three of imputing witchcraft.

This comes after the ten accused applied to be discharged in terms of section 174 of the criminal procedure act. Eight succeeded and the remaining two accused are still on trial. The case has been postponed to 14 September.

Shikobela, who says he is a prophet at Holy Faith Family Church and a motivational speaker, said he always knew he was innocent but never thought he would end up in jail.

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“But I knew God would protect me.”

Shikobela said innocent people were arrested, including an elderly person who spent two days in the holding cells. Other accused spend more than four days in the holding cells.

“Police armed with big firearms in nine vehicles stormed my home to arrest one person. The same police officers fail to arrest drug dealers that are destroying our communities,” said Shikobela.

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He said he felt that the police did not follow the right procedure when they arrested him.

“After being in and out of court the magistrate gave his verdict and we were found not guilty of all the five charges against us. Police should have done their home work and proper investigation rather taking sides.

“My reputation was damaged as I am not only a prophet but a motivational speaker, author and a business advisor to the community members of Mamelodi,” said Shikobela.

He said when they handcuffed him they did not read him his rights.

He was happy that no one was above the law and justice had prevailed in the end.

“I’m happy the case is over. All I have to do is to pick up the pieces and continue to serve the Lord.”

Church members sang and chanted in the streets of Mamelodi, to celebrate their victory after the charges were dropped after 14 months of trial.

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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