The South African National Organization (Sanco) has declared Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s lawyers claim that the protest by the organization is xenophobia attack against the self acclaimed pastor and his church as a deliberate attempt to shift the blame away from the accused pastor.
There is ongoing investigation of attempt to defeat the end of justice by Bushiri after 3 persons died during a stampede at the service on December 28, 2018 and he didn’t border notifying the police.
The said death of three persons occurred during a stampede as congregants were struggling to take shelter during a thunderstorm. The death occurred and the police got the report only the following day.
Surge Zirc SA had reported on Friday the incident of the community of Pretoria who carried out a protest aimed at having Prophet Shepherd Bushiri pack-up his church and leave for good.
Portia Mokwena, who is the secretary of the Pretoria Sanco has advised that the church should not be allowed to function until the general overseer tells the true story of what happened.
Bushiri’s lawyer, Terence Baloyi told Eyewitness News on Saturday that this was a “xenophobic attack” by Sanco.
In a statement, Sanco’s Greater Tshwane Region said the church, through its lawyer, was trying to divert attention from the matter.
“We would like to dismiss such utterances as utter nonsense and just avoidance of accountability on the side of the church. We are also not surprised that the whole matter seeks to place prophet Bushiri as a victim, while the real victims were buried today.
“We are not shy to express our concerns that most foreign nationals who opened churches here are always jumping from one controversy into the other. As an organisation, we will confront the mushrooming of these churches and if needs be ensure they are closed down,” Sanco said.
“We have also taken note in recent years with regards to the happenings in churches in this country, and particularly Tshwane. We have seen our people being fed snakes, made to drink petrol and women falling prey to pastors like the recent case of (Nigerian pastor Timothy) Omotoso.
“We have resolved as Sanco to pay attention and act decisively against such and in so doing we are not undermining freedom of religion, however, leaders must account and take full responsibility of any happenings in their places of worship.”
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