Stampede at Bushiri church, dozens hurt: Prophet to add more services to meet crowds demand in South Africa

Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri said he will increase his Sunday services to four to meet attendance demand for his fast growing church Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) after some worshippers were injured when they tried to gain access to a church event at the Tshwane Events Centre at the Pretoria show grounds.

It appears scores of churchgoers have overpowered security guards when gates were opened.(SABC)

It appears scores of churchgoers have overpowered security guards when gates were opened.(SABC)

Churchgoers at Bushiri church in Pretoria

Churchgoers at Bushiri church in Pretoria

Hundreds of congregats at Bushiri

Hundreds of congregats at Bushiri

Bushiri church filled to capacity

Bushiri church filled to capacity

Major 1: Need to open more Church branches

Major 1: Need to open more Church branches

According to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) hundreds of ECG Church congregants had been queuing outside the premises services since midnight and they overpowered security guards to gain entrance when the gates were opened.

Some people fell to the ground with other people falling and trampling over them.

An elderly woman, believed to be in her 60’s, was reportedly found with severe pelvic injuries and a man  around his 30’s was found with severe knee injuries and both of them were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Thirteen people were also transported to nearby hospital for injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

“There are no critical injuries,” Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Johan Pieterse told SABC.

Pieterse added that all victims were taken by private ambulance to Steve Biko Hospital and Kalafong, saying “the situation is manageable in this moment.”

Some of the people with minor injuries declined to be transported to hospital and indicated they would go back to the church event and be healed by the ‘Major 1’..

Paramedics from ER24  a private emergency service from as far as Johannesburg were dispatched to the scene to assist, as were the local authorities.

South African police are also always around every Sunday for free security services and helped to ensure the victims were well taken care of.

Bushiri reacted with special prayers to the injured and said he will increase church services to four on a Sunday to meet the demands as well as opening more  branches in South Africa.

“Our church services are characterised by unusual prophecies, healings, and all manner of miracles,” Bushiri says attributing it to God’s grace upon his life.

ECG church has grown to 35,000 members in a space of eight months since he relocated there from Mzuzu in Malawi’s northern city.

Bushiri also launched a television station, Prophetic Channel which is on Free to Air and viewed by millions worshippers.

During live broadcasts, shouts of ‘Major One’ as he is commonly called, break out in the audience as people cry out for the attention of the Man of God.

Sometimes, calls of ‘Major One, do something’ or ‘Papa’ ring out as the desperate audience present their various needs to the Prophet.

He calls out people by their names, tells them their backgrounds, and gives them solutions to their problems as many shed tears in shock as to how someone who is a stranger to them can know so much about them.

Bushiri drew public attention recently when he was shown walking in the air in a video posted on YouTube and also shown to congregants during one of the church services. He has also another ‘miracle’ of ‘spiritual capture of the child on ipad.

On Sunday where there was a stampede, a wealthy man who Bushiri claimed was capturing a child related to him, testified saying he was “puzzled” when he saw the kid .

He said the child was a daughter of his brother who was critically ill but now is fit and well,

The man also said his wife was in bad state of health but has been healed.

He further said his business was not doing well but after he now “got salvation” and has been blessed with multimillion contracts from government on his computer business from government.

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matthew c. o phiri
Guest

may they get well soon.

kamogelo
Guest

May the almighty richly bless Prophet Bushiri…I pray for my Mother,Sisters and the rest of my family we hav been tormented by spirits in our house.We pray for deliverance and prosperity in Jesus name

Romeo makuya
Guest

I don’t know bushiri personally but I see him on TV. I dont have his email or his fone number and I never sent him a please call me. I love bushiri major 1 I want him to take a look at my life and health and heal me.I believe in what he does “gods work”, major 1 please do something major 1.I receive papa.

Ben
Guest
I would like to request Pastors and other man of God to support and complement the Major Prophet of our time. Look all those people who seek the prophet, most of them would be getting help from Samgomas if the prophet was not there. Me and my family we believe in the Major Prophet no matter what name you can give to him. The truth is that for more than 30yrs I was a sinner who was living in church but now I am a brand new man. Prophecy or no Prophecy I believe in Prophet Bushiri. I will pray… Read more »
uthixo ukhona
Guest

zongolakwitsana malankhulidwe

Ben
Guest
Major 1! Major 1! Do something. I have been a Christian for many years but my first encounter with the Major Prophet is amazing. For the first time in my life I can now understand the bible and since I went to this church in August I flee away from sin . It’s my first time I am leaving a holy life. I am not afraid to testify about God because I now lleave clean life. I now travel from Swaziland to attend services in Pretoria and my story has changed. The prophet has not located me nor prophesied to… Read more »
jacobeth
Guest

prophet bushiri is a man of God i will attend his church till Jesus comes if you have problems about him why dont you stop watching his profetic chanel or if you dont like him we dont like you too.

Machine Double J
Guest

Bible Says We Shall Do More Wonders Than What Jesus Did

Bongani
Guest

“Major one, Do something, Prophecy!”
May i bring my grievance to the man of God, may my mother be healed in the name of Jesus, may my wife get a job in the name of Jesus, may i get a better salary in the name of Jesus, may the Lord strengthen the love between myself and my wife, may the Lord intervene in every aspect of my life.

Khanyi
Guest

I would like the man of God to pray for me,l need my court case to be withdrawn on the 6 of November 2015

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