Girl dies at Prophet’s church

A sickly girl, brought in for prayers by her mum is reported to have died before the entire congregation of a South African church, Incredible Happenings Ministries, Katlehong, led by popular Prophet-Paseka Motsoeneng on Sunday.
The girl, 3, had vomited before she was attended to and the paramedics were called but couldn’t give her the required first aid before her demise.
However, her passing may result in a legal battle as ‘Prophet Mboro’ as he is better known has accused the paramedics as having arrived the scene late.  
Police have confirmed that the girl, 3, died at the Incredible Happenings Ministries in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday after her mother took her there so that Motsoeneng, could pray for her recovery.
Ekurhuleni West police spokesperson Captain Lesetja Mathobela said a case of assault was opened by paramedics after a crew member was allegedly assaulted by Mboro and his followers.
“Information received by police is that a mother took her child to church to be prayed for. The child then vomited in church and an ambulance was called,” he said, adding that an altercation began after churchgoers accused the ambulance crew of arriving late.
“It has been confirmed that the child died in church. A postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Investigations are continuing,” Mathobela said.
Mboro denied the allegations, saying he respects and upholds the law and the constitution. He accused paramedics of being negligent and failing to give the child oxygen.
“The mother had brought her very sick child to me. When the paramedics arrived, I begged them to give the child oxygen and other emergency treatment but the paramedics wasted a lot of time reprimanding the mother and accusing the mother of neglecting her child.
“I told the paramedics that the child appeared to be dehydrated and needed immediate attention, but they ignored me and continued to berate the distraught mother,” Mboro said.
He added that he would help the child’s mother in her bid for justice for her child, starting with opening a case of culpable homicide today. “All I did was insist the child must be helped, which the emergency services personnel failed to do. (We will be) opening a case of culpable homicide in Alberton. Health workers are clearly untrained to deal with emergency situations in the field, and this matter must be remedied without any delay.

“As a church, we will always work with government officials to assist them in fulfilling their duties,” Mboro said.