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Opposing abuse in religious high-demand groups in South Africa: the case study of the “prophet” of Hertzogville

S. P. Pretorius
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 28, No 2 | a1927 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v28i2.1927 | © 2007 S. P. Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 August 2018 | Published: 21 September 2007

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S. P. Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Since the new Constitution came into force, there has been an increase in the number of high-demand religious groups. The more accommodating and tolerant approach towards religions brought about by the Constitution has created a fertile environment for the development of alternative religious groups. In certain cases, unfortunately, this has resulted in the violation of other basic human rights within the confines of these groups. There is very little monitoring of the various religions in South Africa and these violations seem to be on the increase. A need arose to oppose the infringement of human rights in high-demand religious groups. The organisation RIGH (Rights of Individuals Grant Honour To) was established to address this need. This article aims, first, to point out how the exercising of one basic human right, in this particular case the right to freedom of religion as exercised in Hertzogville, led to the violation of other basic human rights. Secondly, it suggests ways of opposing the infringements on other basic human rights by high-demand religious groups.


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