Tantrums and tirades: meet the fiery refugee ‘messiah’

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Tantrums and tirades: meet the fiery refugee ‘messiah’

As he takes his followers’ battle to court, he is accused of making a death threat. He says it’s a smear campaign

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After four months, a protest by “refugees” demanding to be relocated to another country is yet to yield anything – and on Wednesday the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) announced it was stepping away from the saga.

But the process has offered some insight into one of their leaders, Jean Pierre Balous, now accused of making a death threat against SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen.

Balous, who is only comfortable to say he was “born in the 1980s” when asked about his age, presents himself as a messiah for the hundreds of foreign nationals who say they are refugees who feel unsafe in SA. Balous equates his leadership to that of Cyril Ramaphosa and other prominent world leaders...

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