Without so much as a hearing, the church found 18 dedicated and committed Scientologists guilty of Scientology High Crimes. Perhaps it is now time to start presenting evidence of criminality emanating from this same church.
This follows on from the false reporting covered in this mornings post on the Golden Era of PR
We’ll start with the (in)famous “Library Donation Campaign”. With the release of the basics in 2007 every Scientologist that could be unearthed was sold a package of the 18 (that’s a funny coincidence) titles that make up “The Basics”. If someone could not afford this package someone else in the world was regged to donate a set to them. As prospects for further sales began to wane late in 2007, someone had a bright idea of getting a set of basics into every library in the world. In and of itself this is not a bad idea. However, this would become a widely perpetrated fraud.
Each set of books costs R4000 if they are all purchased together. When donations were sought this full retail price was charged, meaning the church took its full profit on every set donated and earmarked for library donations. The relentless push locally was to make Africa the first DONE continent i.e. the first to have books in all libraries or rather to have a set for every library PAID for. Africa was duly announced as done in 2008 or perhaps early 2009. There are in the region of 3000 South African libraries. At R4000 per set a staggering R12,000,000 was collected from local and international Scientologists for this project.
These figures are for South Africa ALONE! We do not yet have the exact numbers of Libraries in the entirety of Africa that also were reported as “DONE”. This will include thousands more libraries and millions more Rands.
Much has been written about this on blogs around the world, particularly about US and European libraries. Given that the database information is not easily available online for South Africa it requires a bit more leg work. Our reports will specifically cover South Africa. Today’s report covers the city of Ekurhuleni. Apologies to our foreign readers for the difficult to pronounce name. Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg are right next to each other. Even locals may not be aware of how big it is. Its population is just over 3 million and the city covers a region of 2000 square kilometres. The Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) is actually in the city of Ekurhuleni.
Someone who helps gather info for this blog spent some time going through the Ekurhuleni library database and came up with these facts:
There are 62 libraries in Ekurhuleni. Of these, only 10 have any of the Basics titles or 16%. Namely:
- Bonero Park
None of these have a complete set. Etwatwa, Katlehong & Benoni have 17 of the 18 titles. Edenvale & Tembisa have the least with 4 & 10 titles respectively.
For this city alone R248,000 was raised through donations. Of this R40,000 was used. R208,000 is unaccounted for with zero over sight outside Scientology management channels.
It would be unfair to extrapolate these figures to the rest of the country but we are not optimistic that we will find anything better than the above as we widen our research to the rest of the country. And when we get to the rest of Africa…
We would welcome any local researchers. If you want check out your region, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the plus side the books are being checked out. Each book on average has been checked out 5-8 times. It’s not exactly straight up and vertical, more like across with little bumps. But still, it’s something.