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Churchman advised to seek arbitration in legal battle with school principal

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 31, 2017
Churchman advised to seek arbitration in legal battle with school principal

A well-known Pastor and head of the Tengo Dialogue Foundation 4 Community Development Network Trust, Reverend Dr Xolani Tengo, again made a brief appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court where he faces allegations of harassment.

He is alleged to have harassed and threatened Morningside High School Principal, Dr Saraswathi Pather, since back in 2013.

Rev Tengo was a member of the School Governing Body (SGB) and that year approached the Eastern Cape Department of Education to probe alleged financial irregularities at the school.

Early this year, Dr Pather asked the court to issue a protection order as Rev Tengo was allegedly harrassing her.

Speaking to RNEWS, Rev Tengo said that Dr Pather claims that he threatened her with a firearm in 2013 and that he was also calling her at odd hours with the intention of making life unbearable for her.

“I don’t even have a gun; I’m a pastor and why would I need a gun?" Rev Tengo asked.

He denied all the allegations against him.

Kwaku Aduna, who is the Reverend's lawyer, has since advised him to take the case for arbitration as Rev Tengo said that he was tired of attending court over the issue.

The Pastor, in turn, accused Dr Pather of using delaying tactics in resolving the matter as, according to him, she is now being investigated by the Eastern Cape Department of Education, for financial mismanagement at the school.

“My lawyer has advised me to take the matter for arbitration, but before that, we must ask her to agree to pay the costs [of the current legal process] as she is the applicant,” Rev Tengo said.

Dr Pather refused to comment.

The case was postponed to the 13th of November.

Image: Reverend Xolani Tengo (left) with his wife at the PE Magistrate's Court.