The above service took place at KSB Auditorium on 30th May and was “preached” by Thofozi Dube and Jabulane Dube. Arno by permission of Thofozi could also speak (2:07:21). It was broadcasted over Radio Kwezi and video-live streamed over the Internet where it remains to be viewed. I listened to the whole service a couple of times and some observations come to mind. I will highlight some obvious reflections but it would be evidently better when you listen to the whole service and decide for yourself.
Thofozi made the point by saying she has rev. Erlo Stegen’s permission to stand in his pulpit (1:05:00), also that the “relatives” urged her to speak (3 times), which I assume to be the children of rev. Stegen and others with them. I suppose that if she says it, then we should accept it. Just like Arno said he had Thofozis’s permission to say what is on his heart. But we will get back to Arno. She went into great lengths to explain rev. Erlo Stegen is in perfect health, not having any signs of dementia, very capable to request and hold meetings and totally capable of making decisions. But the question lingers, why was he not there in the Auditorium to hear her speaking and corroborate her assumptions and establish her integrity in all of what she said if he is that well? She had the floor and spoke her heart and yet there was no higher authority to oversee what she said. If rev. Erlo Stegen is so well then why was he not there if such important things concerning the Mission, Europe breaking away, the dismantling of his brother uncle Friedel, the humbling of Arno and revelation of detail from meetings with him; all of these issues were to be discussed and broadcasted into the whole world. Why?
Why use Ascension Day for such a meeting when people come together to remember the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus? Well she gave the reason herself. She said, Ascension Day 2019 (55:39), whenever remembered will be historically linked to Thofozi and Jabulane and the Dube family. It is history in the making and she is the diva making the historical announcement. This gives to me the impression that it was a well-determined and pre-planned context developmental action for future reference.
Notwithstanding the above there are some serious issues in-between the bla-bla-bla of the speakers. It is to be noted that neither of the Dubes could find anything to apologize for; this stands in stark contrast to Arno who could only find nothing else but to apologize. Thofozi also, in speaking on the 2000 debacle, justified herself as innocent to the whole matter. She did apologize in 2002 but only to those who had seen her in the light of being a liar and deceiver. She never then, and even now acknowledged any wrongdoing. They, Thofozi and Jabulane, presented themselves as victims in all what is going around. They have also renounced uncle Friedel as their “father” (30:49; 1:42:00) and criticized and smeared him with insinuations and examples from meetings without giving uncle Friedel any credit for why he would have done things differently. The issue with CFT (28:30) is a case in point. They simply disgraced their “father” in public. They could both take a lesson from Arno who disgraced neither his father nor rev. Erlo Stegen when he spoke.
Why did she speak in public for the world to hear about the meeting with rev. Erlo Stegen concerning Arno? What is the reason behind it? Thofozi was at pains to make it clear she wanted Franzi, Arno’s wife in the meeting. She deliberately brought what Franzi said to everyone listening. Remember, her speaking is send over Radio Kwezi and the Internet to untold multitudes. She did not elaborate on the rest of what was said or transpired in the meeting but highlighted a single point. This is the point: she herself is innocent to the accusation that she chased Arno away; even his wife Franzi confirmed it. As Tofozi quoted what Franzi said Arno was shown to be the liar and Thofozi has vindicated herself. Through this, Thofozi has just added to the rumors that Franzi and Arno don’t see eye to eye concerning KSB. These rumors may well be then the by-product of Room 5 taken in the context of this Ascension Day service. Thofozi has a devious way to go around with facts.
It is common knowledge that the Mission has misappropriated millions of Rands. It is further common knowledge that these funds have been given in cash (packed in bags, boxes and cooler bags) to one Moses Ndlela (or Ndlovu) through covert deliveries made by the sons-of-law of rev. Erlo Stegen and some others, by car or Mission airplanes over a long period of time. It is also a common fact that Thofosi had been fingered as one of those who were intimately involved in the whole “moneybags” saga. Thofozi went to great lengths today to explain she is not the “master brain”, behind the whole money issue, as rumors would suggest. Arno seems to know everything for he and he alone sign the cheques (39:34) she said. Arno signs even on behalf of uncle Friedel (43:15). Arno is the contact with the auditors (42:10). No money goes out of the Mission if rev. Erlo Stegen does not authorize or if the trustees of the Mission do not authorize it. Arno is again a witness to that. No money leaves the Mission if the trustees do not know about it. The trustees know about all the money spent because all together decide at the same meeting where it is to be spend (43:00). By implication from what Thofozi said, rev. Erlo Stegen, uncle Friedel Stegen, Thofozi Dube, aunt Eunice and Arno Stegen all know what happened to the millions of misappropriated money because together, as Thofozi said, they as trustees decided where that money has gone. If then the house comes down, she is taking everyone else down with herself. Therefore, any of them can openly tell what they have done with the money. So why didn’t Thofozi tell everyone what was done with the money and supported what she said with the minutes of the meeting when it was decided? At least Thofosi is sure; it has not been deposited into an offshore hedge account. If she knows that, surely she must know where the money has been deposited. She is not innocent in this by her own testimony.
It is interesting that she attacked Esther (Lizette) Marloth the way she did. That she referred to Esther by her former name with so much disdain speaks volumes. Now suddenly Thofozi only knows her by her former name? As far as I know the list did not originate with Esther. That Esther may have passed it on to others in good faith as well may be true. The information I had from the “horse’s mouth”, suggests another scenario. Thofozi dictated the list to Samatha in the presence of aunt Eunice, Jabo Majola and 4-5 other women and Samatha wrote it down as it was dictated. She was told to tell the people listed that they have been identified as potential Satanists, which she did not do. Now, Thofozi did not mention this but she seemed very agitated that the list was leaked. Then there is the case of the girls who have been named Satanists by the ex-Satanist and these girls were admitted to the hospital at KSB. There they were subjected to rigorous counseling and confessing sessions over a period of 6 weeks. But, then, Thofozi did not speak about this either. It is said half a truth is as good as a lie. She is playing selectively with the truth to suit her own agenda.
What she said about the European brethren is very enlightening (1:13:00). She said, “They are so cowardly that they don’t want to speak”. At least, she and I agree on something and that is that the leaders in Europe have to speak out about their actions. So she elaborated that they are deceived. But who deceived them? I think it is clear from the context of the meeting that uncle Friedel and Arno Stegen are the culprits. By leaving KSB (and staying in the Lord as they do believe – my opinion) she said, “They are bringing curses on them, their children and the generations to follow!” and she went on to admonish those present and hearing her, “If some of them are your relatives you will save yourself by distancing yourself from them”. The brethren from Europe left “according to their own signature. The branches have been removed from rev.Erlo Stegen by the authority of their signatures”. Now this is the true Thofozi speaking. The one in control and the one speaking with vested authority. In other words, she is no part of this process. It was a unilateral decision by Europe according to Thofozi. Well the ball is in their side of the court. They will have to be less “cowardly” and respond.
Between Thofozi and Jabulane we were treated to many comments on whites, the Dube family, Zulu history and Zulu culture. Repeatedly “the whites” or “you whites” were addressed in an attacking manner. Thofozi mentioned king Shaka as an example of someone who never killed whites. Historically true but what was the reason for this? She made a statement that said that Zulu’s historically negotiated their differences. This seems to be historically incorrect. When Shaka’s mother Nandi died he forced the entire kingdom to mourn her. He issued an order that no new crops were to be planted for a year. He also demanded that no milk be used for a year and all cows that gave birth were killed. He also during this time had all pregnant women killed with their husbands. He had around 7.000 people executed for not mourning enough for his mother. He killed more of his own people than any other Zulu king. After a botched assassination attempt on him he allowed white settlers to settle in Port Natal, the current Durban because he wanted the best treatment for himself. His people had had enough of Shaka’s cruelty and were ready to revolt. On September 22, 1828, his half-brothers murdered Shaka and buried him in an unmarked grave. Shaka’s capital kraal was called KwaBulawayo, which means, “place where they are killed”. People deemed unfit to live were brought to KwaBulawayo to be killed off. These included short men, deemed useless as they would not be able to see approaching enemy impi (warriors) from afar; troops who had wounds in their backs after a battle, as this meant they’d been running away; and anyone who went against his will; so much then for the notion that the Zulus historically negotiated their differences!
The Mission is called KwaSizabantu Mission and not KwaDube Mission. It is a sad day when a particular family is elevated, exulted and lifted up above the other children of God at the Mission and all other people are made subservient to the Dube family. They have become the executioners of the Zulu culture at the Mission at the cost of the many other cultures that God brings together at the place. This is not conducive to Christian unity and totally unbiblical where we are called to live the “Christian culture” free from the restraints of worldly cultural settings. At KSB the Dubes, whenever they speak, perpetually reminds us of their royal lineage. Remember Philip Joosten’s funeral where Thofozi treated all to an exposition of her ancestral royal lineage and reiterated the Dube prominence as being counselors to the Zulu king. Thofozi came out of Room 5 to defend herself, her brother and the Dube family, against accusations (48:01; 1:04:33). Jabulane thereafter defended her, himself and the Dube family (1:24:00) as well. We are not followers of the Dube family nor Zulu culture but indeed followers of Christ, having His mind (Phil. 2:5) and living like He lived (1John 2:6). We are called to be His disciples (Matt 28:19-20) and that His Kingdom come in our lives (Matt 6:10). In the words of the apostle Paul, “who is Paul, who is Apollos and who is Dube?” It is about Christ and Christ crucified only. Get it?
Jabulane said that the apostle Paul wrote letters “but never did they allege they were not from Paul but when rev. Stegen write” they, even of the same skin color (German, France, Swiss), say he did not write it. But here are the facts concerning the dispute of Pauline authorship, “In other words, we have seven letters certainly from the historical Paul (Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, Philemon), three others probably not from him (Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians) and a final three certainly not from him (1-2 Timothy, Titus). So it is nothing special or out of the ordinary when one asks whether rev. Erlo Stegen indeed wrote the letter so profound and uncharacteristic to who he really is and we experienced him in the work at the Mission. He was always one with his brother till now. So people would want to know the origin of the letter.
It is clear that the Dube sister and brother are establishing their authority. Arno had to ask Thofozi for permission to speak. When Arno spoke he looked like Esau who sold his inheritance for a bowl of Amadumbe and knew he lost the inheritance forever. Jabulane besmirched Arno in a deliberate, arrogant and unacceptable manner as the one who had become the heir to the throne rather than the one envisaged to be the heir to the throne by the church. They could find nothing to apologize for in their own lives and covered the truth with half-truths, lies and blaming others. There was no humble disposition in any of the two. Thofozi is truly the one who swings the scepter as the second in command of Mission Kwasizabantu and Jabulane revels in the role as praise singer for his sister.
who falls into his or her displeasure!
 A self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please (typically used of a woman).