CPG purpose and brief history
- A number of parents were drawn together by common experience in 2008 in the Highway Area of KZN.
- At first to share our confusion and hurt at common estrangement in our families after our family members were recruited into Grace Gospel Church – a plant of CTMI, led by Basil O’ Connell-Jones.
- After attempts at engaging privately with our family and CTMI leaders for a year failed, we evolved into a group raising awareness publicly about CTMI and unhealthy religious groups in general to prevent others experiencing our hurt.
- Our efforts gained momentum after one of our parent’s harrowing experience in Mauritius. His daughter, who had returned to CTMI in Mauritius instead of starting University as planned, had ceased all communication. Deeply concerned, this father flew to Mauritius to investigate. He was prevented from meeting his daughter alone and was publicly rejected by her on radio. He received warnings from police to leave Mauritius immediately. It turned out that his daughter had been secretly married to someone the parents had never met. This story made headline news in the main Mauritius radio and press.
- We raised awareness through a website and forum; letters to schools, churches and conference venues; newspaper articles; talks at schools and churches; papers delivered at international conferences; an investigation by Carte Blanche (Africa’s leading news TV Investigative journalism Programme).
- This led to most of our family members withdrawing further and having nothing to do with us.
- Our raising awareness has led to CTMI being evicted from six venues. A number of CTMI members were given 24 hours to leave Mauritius. An attempt to buy land in the Highway area for a church building was thwarted after neighbours objected and evidence of fraudulently avoiding transfer fees came to light. Pastors in the Highway area united to write a letter appealing for discussion and resolution. (This was not even acknowledged); CTMI were removed from TBN and Joy magazine. TransWorld Radio refused them airtime after carefully researching our evidence. An Australian Christian radio station (Sonshine) conducted their own investigation and apologized for interviewing the Hardy’s. Our publicity emboldened a number of ex members to speak out, including a woman who was allegedly raped by her foster father – an elder in the church. Miki Hardy admitted to this but claimed the matter was dealt with. To this day the victim alleges there has never been an acknowledgement and apology from the perpetrator.
- After five years, the intensity subsided and gradually family members began reestablishing contact with parents. While deeply grateful, we have always maintained that the “elephant remains in the room” until there is acknowledgement and apology for our allegations. This has never happened. Alternatively, if it can be shown our allegations are untrue – we will apologise and withdraw completely. This too has never happened.
- Intensity has recently been rekindled due to family members again being influenced to cease all contact with loving parents and grandparents. In addition, CTMI have moved back into the Highway area via the purchase of a property in Kloof. They are back in JOY magazine and have targeted Cape Town with a pastor’s breakfast as a forerunner for a conference in early 2019.