Pentecostals Arrested for Stoning Each Other to Death

Charismatics will practice just about any ritual in the Old Testament and cloak it in some kind of New Testament legitimacy. But who would have known that they would actually try to stone each other to death?

The following is not satire.

International Pentecostal Holiness Church Rav Glayton Modise and is wife Mapoloko leave the Protea magistrate’s court with a large entourage after spending the day trying to convinve the court to grant him a protection order against his church rival and brother-in-law Bobo Modise. The matter was held in camera with only a handful of family members from each side allowed in. The reason given to media was that the case was a “domestic violence” matter. The case stems from alleged threatening SMS the sent to Clayton from Bobo. Clayton lost the criminal case in this regard in the Westonaria magistrate’s court last year. Pic.Veli Nhlapo.22/05/2013. © Sowetan / Sunday World.

[Sunday Times] At least 17 members of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) appeared in court on charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property, the Hawks said on Friday.

The 14 men and two women, aged between 23 and 62, were arrested in sting operation in Mabopane, outside Pretoria, on Thursday, Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.

The arrests followed investigations by the Hawks and police crime intelligence into the bloodshed that occurred in April 2016.

“It is alleged that IPHC youth groups from different branches around the country [had] visited the Mabopane IPHC branch and requested an audience with the pastor in charge of the region to discuss the court case and the succession battle following the death of the late senior pastor, Glayton Modise,” said Mulamu.

“A fight allegedly broke out and members started stoning each other with an assortment [of] objects. One church follower succumbed to his injuries, 11 other members were seriously injured and were transported to various hospitals in Pretoria. Four vehicles were also extensively damaged during the scuffle,” Mulamu added.

The case was referred to the Hawks in May this year.

The group appeared in the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and were granted bail of R2,000 each.

“Two other suspects are still being sought and will be arrested soon,” Mulamu said.

The case was postponed until February 8 2019 for further investigations.

Troubles at the IPHC, one of Africa’s largest churches, started after the death of its leader, Modise, in February 2016.

The disagreements are mostly over which of Modise’s children should succeed him. One son has since opened another branch of the church under his name in Lenasia‚ southern Johannesburg.


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