Thursday, December 8, 2022

Apostolic Church wars head for Court of Appeal

Twelve church members of the Original Apostolic Church are fighting for their reinstatement at the Court of Appeal.

The twelve church members were expelled by the leadership of the church on accusations that they were disrupting and bringing confusion in the church.

After their expulsion, the leadership approached the High Court to confirm their expulsion, which was granted by Judge Mercy Gaarekwe at Lobatse High Court.

The twelve expelled members have now appealed their expulsion and further seek the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment.

An attorney representing the twelve members, Osego Garebamono, confirmed that the case will be heard next week on Wednesday.

According to papers filed before the court, Garebamono argues that the leadership of the church had no powers to expel the twelve members according to the constitution of the church .

He explained that his clients are seeking the court to set aside the high court judgment, which was taken in the absence of their defence lawyers.

Garebamono explained that the twelve had engaged another law firm after the leadership of the church approached the High Court seeking the court to confirm the expulsion.

According to him, the court then took a decision to grant the leadership application for expulsion in the absence of their lawyers.

Garebamono said that his clients are challenging a decision by the leadership to expel them. He stated that his clients have argued that the Original Apostolic Church leadership claims that his clients were disruptive and bringing confusion, calling the accusations unfounded.

He explained that another bone of contention surrounds the constitution of the church, which the church leaders relied on to expel the twelve members.

He said that his clients are arguing that the leadership of the church had no powers to expel them according to the constitution of the church.

The expelled members further argue that, at the time of their expulsion, the leadership had no powers to expel them.

It is their contention that the new constitution that gives the church leadership to expel them was not in place when they were expelled while the leadership contend that they are empowered by the constitution to expel the twelve.

The twelve members are Same Segotso, Othusitswe Segotso, Entetetse Segotso, Dineo Magowe, Metsi Paya, Chedza Tapela, Lebone Giddie, Gaseboe Magowe, Boitshepo Segotso, Motlalekgomo Samuel, Onalethata Segotso and Paul Mokgadi.

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