Bushiri ‘protests’ lead to arrests: South Africa police nab 3 Sanco members for Xeno’ chants

South African Police Service (SAPS) has cracked the whip on illegal protesters against Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church by arresting three members of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), who have been burning tyres and chanting xenophobic chants.

The would-be picketers and police were involved in an argument about the starting of a fire at the entrance of Bushiri’s church. -Photo: Keitumetse Maako

Angry protesters barricade WF Nkomo Street with burning tyres. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency

Sanco’s regional secretary Portia Mokoena said they were arrested while leaving a tavern in the Pretoria West on Sunday afternoon.  Mokoena said two members were also injured.
The protests were done at the church  following the death of three congregants while trying to reach shelter during heavy thunderstorms on December 28.
Meanwhile,  one of South Africa’s political movements, Black Land First (BLF), has said the tragic death of three black people at ECG church must not be used by those who are in competition with Major 1 and by xenophobes for nefarious agendas.
In a statement seen by Nyasa Times signed by its leader, Andile Mximata , BLF has called on the police to do their work without fear or favour.
“At the same time we ask our people not to be used against Prophet Bushiri by people with evil agendas.
“We have never seen such violent actions waged against white Anglican, Catholic and Dutch churches. Despite the existence of irrefutable evidence of sexual violence perpetrated on innocent children and women by the clergy of the white churches, there is no outrage.
“Our people have freedom of religion and we must all respect that. Furthermore, BLF calls on Prophet Bushiri to fully cooperate with the police. We repeat, please stop the violence against fellow blacks and hands off Prophet Bushiri.”

Bushiri, known as Major 1 and Papa, is a Malawian charismatic preacher . He started his ministry in 2002 and is today one of the continent’s richest pastors, possibly even one of the richest in the world, with branches in a number of African countries, and supporters from near and far.

Prophet Bushiri was not at the church when the tragedy occurred and apparently ‘broke down’ when he was told about of the deaths of his congregants.

Taking to his Facebook page on Monday, Bushiri explained that he had been silent on the matter because he valued life more than “bickering”. He said even though the media was “hostile” towards him and his church, he still chose to remain silent out of respect.

“At times we choose silence, because we value human life above bickering. We value God’s work above all else. Words are powerful and mean a lot. The media might be hostile but our silence is not cowardice but respect.

“When we do speak, if you listen, you will understand that the anointing is always in control.”

ECG was currently on “recess” until January 20. The last service at the church was held on New Year’s Eve.

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Premoboere

What do you mean by “you reap what you sow”??
Your jealousy is palpable. Bushiri is a man of God. Don’t get it twisted. He’s not a politician. It is obvious what you’re propelled by. Xenophobia is a very ugly mind-set. You have SAfricans doing well in other parts of the world. No man is an island. Your are unable to bring spiritual sucour to your people, and you despied and disdain those who do. How totally senseless of you. Just go to your sangomas. That’s what you prefer..

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Premoboere

Today it’s Bushiri. Tomorrow they will go after Alph Lukau. Satan is not resting. So we too must not relent. Every tongue that has risen up in judgement against MOG, I personally IJPN.🙏. Amen..

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Premoboere

South Africans (black) really piss me off. You’ll never hear that they protested against white people. Even with all the atrocities still being perpetrated by them as I write this. Satan is really alive and kicking. We shall kick him and all those he is using to fight the church, out! I am sure that most of the members of SANCO were not even born when black countries actively aided their freedom. It was a STAMPEDE for goodness sakes!!! This is where I expect that ECG members, especially those whose lives have been impacted should rise in defence of their… Read more »

Meshach Mubita
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Prophets are good friends to have but wrong adversaries all together,if you touch them,you will not last a moment!!!

Meshach Mubita
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I love major 1

Habakkuk Dé wacky
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God bless you always Major one

Dieketseng
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Dieketseng

Me n my family we love u Major One and we pray for you and mom

Habakkuk Dé wacky
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Major 1, inkosi ikubusise

Brazi
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Brazi

You reap what you sow. These prophets take advantege of desparate people. If Bushiri can make it elsewhere, he is free to leave SA and take his business whereever he wants. Stop pretending that he is in SA to save people.

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Premoboere

Brazi just made himself a spiritual target. Ignorant so and so. The God Bushiri serves is abundantly able. All those who are employed by Bushiri’s organisation, if he leaves, your sorry ass life will employ them……abi?? You sound like the kind of lunatic who wI’ll set his house on fire because he’s trying to smoke out a mouse.. politicians don’t take advantage of people! Only MOG. Do???

CHOKA SATANA
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DARKNESS AND LIGHT WILL
NEVER GO TOGETHER —WE NEED YOU GREATLY BACK HOME MAN OF GOD !!

Mangochi kabwafu
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Mangochi kabwafu

Zayamba kuwonekera

Madubeko
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Madubeko

Truth Shall always Prevail, Light and darkness will never be the same

Shaa
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Shaa

Bushiri preaches Jesus, he mentions the name anice all names JESUS CHRIST He’s achild of God . Its nice he’s preaching in south Africa despite this accident. Brothers I heard people talking about bad News against TB JOSHUA,JIMMY SWAGARD, REINHARD BONKE, Ndovie, Christians don’t be carriers of bad news deffend your faith .You have never seen these people doing wrong , you have heard koma mulibe umboni Tsekani pakamwa, Lets learn to love and defend one another, Nkhani ndi nsanje basi. BLACK PEOPLE WE ARE FULL OF JEALOUS. I VE NEVER SEEN WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS PROTESTED,DEMONSTRATING XENOPHOBIC,NEVER. BUT WE PAINT… Read more »

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