In March, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa came under the spotlight when four people came forward with claims of sexual abuse.
The incidents were alleged to have taken place in the church’s dioceses during the 1970s and 1980s.
“It is clear from the experiences reported in the past few weeks that we are lagging in our care for victims of abuse,” said Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
In October, the church adopted a new policy to protect congregants. Makgoba said anyone who wanted to be ordained would have to supply the church with a police clearance certificate.
Leader of the Jesus Dominion International church, Timothy Omotoso, can certainly be counted among this year’s biggest newsmakers.
The “man of God”, fondly referred to by his followers as “Daddy”, was arrested in April last year.
Omotoso and his co-accused, Lusanda Solani and Zukiswa Sitho, face 63 charges, including rape and human trafficking.
Social media rallied behind Cheryl Zondi when she testified about allegedly having been raped by Omotoso from the age of 14.
Omotoso’s defence counsel, Peter Daubermann, would later apply to have judge Mandela Makhura recuse himself from the case, accusing the judge of being “overly sympathetic” to Zondi.
That application was dismissed.