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Saturday, February 5, 2011

South Africa bans Christ Embassy ‘miracle’ slots


 The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) has banned all television programmes about “miracles” by the Believers LoveWorld Incorporated, (a.k.a Christ Embassy) headed by pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

According to a report in The Cape Times, the regulatory body on Wednesday ordered that the “faith healing” programme anchored by Mr. Oyakhilome be pulled down from on the grounds that the miracles and healing could not be substantiated.

The Cape Times reported that the ruling came after a group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) petitioned ASASA in 2009 that the programme be pulled down from the airwaves. The action campaign came forward after a woman in Cape Town stopped her tuberculosis medication after she claimed she had been “cured” by the church, but died later.

According to Nathan Geffen of TAC, the programme was destroying people’s lives based on the unsubstantiated miracle claims.