Pretoria - The Cheryl Zondi Foundation on Thursday hit back at the Christians of South Africa (COSA), accusing the religious party of lying and running a deliberate smear campaign to discourage Zondi from continuing with her case at the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth.
"As the CZF we find the untruthful lies to have been released at an opportune time when Cheryl Zondi is supposed to go back to court to tell her story again.
"The lies that have been perpetuated are a deliberate smear campaign that aims to discourage Cheryl from continuing with the case," deputy chairperson of the CZF board, Thoko Xaluva-Mkhwanazi said.
"It is secondary victimisation of a survivor in the hands of so-called 'men of God' in defence of one of their own. Cheryl will not be silenced, intimidated and scared through lies that are being peddled by people who do not deserve to be called Christians let alone leaders of Christians."
Earlier on Thursday, the COSA led by Pastor Derrick Mosoana held a media briefing in Arcadia, Pretoria - making a litany of accusations against Zondi, including that she was a "slay queen" and "a criminal".