“It’s all in your head.”

Seeing the picture of Rashied Staggie, the (former) leader of the notorious gang “The Hard Livings” from the Cape, reminds me of one of the ferocious killer and criminal we’ve ever had in Pienaar, the township I grew up in.

His name was Skara,

You see, as a kid I was tall and my name????… Let’s just say I was bullied a lot because of my height and name as a kid and so, I tended to be a loner.

Skara on the other hand was one of the most feared criminals in my township, he spent half his life in prison. He was particularly known for his violent temper. You really didn’t want to cross paths with him!

Skara was my neighbour, and the day he was stoned to death by the whole community I was there! Before he died he asked for water from me. And everyone was astonished to hear him mention my name and asked for water because Skara didn’t have any friends and didn’t talk to anyone!

This though was not an accident or came as a surprise to me because I only and only I, was privy to a side of Skara not everyone knew. His softer side.

Skara grew up a tall child like me, and the name “Skara” was a nickname from jail, so he identified with me but didn’t say anything. And me being me as a kid didn’t figure out why the notorious thug liked me so much!

He sure was thinking that I was gonna turn out like him. Full of extreme anger and hate!

Skara didn’t figure out one thing though. That it’s not about how you look or your name, even where you come from or your sexual orientation or what people think of you. It’s about your mindset! It’s all in your brain!

I realised this from an early age!

But Why Are Churches Not Paying Tax?

Today I saw this guy I went to high school with. While in high school he once told me he wanted to study Theology and be a pastor. I didn’t take him serious at the time because of the lifestyle he led ( womanizing this girl and womanizing that girl). Well, although he didn’t get a chance to study Theology, but today he leads one of the biggest churches in his area. He is married to this girl we both knew from high school as well.I’m startled by one thing though. The guy is a prophet and I don’t have issues with that, but his wife is a prophetess as well, now I have issues with that. My issue is centered around the following:

Why with the clergy when they get married their titles seem to pass down to their other halves? Is God anointed between the sheets or whether prophetic powers were sexually transmitted in that a prophet’s wife becomes a prophetess, a pastor’s wife becomes a pastor?

Speaking of which

In South Africa churches are classified under Section 21. This means that they are registered to provide services and do not intend to make profit.

Although they are not legally obligated but It also means that whatever profits or funds they may receive from donors, they have a patriotic duty to provide services to various “communities” such as children’s feeding schemes, AIDS orphans etc.

However they have been milking the poor dry and making millions of rands/dollars out of their troubled souls. They are gospelpreneurs, they own the best houses in and outside the country, driving the most expensive cars, and living extravagant lifestyles but still cajoling the poorest of the poor to seed even more.
Some of them own conglomerate companies which are registered under their section 21 churches. One does not need to enlist the services of an Economist to see that these so-called prophets are merely business people taking advantage of the poor and troubled souls and raking millions through their misery.

To believe them is nothing but a mischief. To let them go without being taxed is nothing but fraud and economic mischief.

Public Protector, please rescue us from these snakes!