Prophet Bushiri faces spate of xenophobia attacks in South Africa after ‘stampede’ incident

Some South Africans have launched deep and widespread xenophobic attacks against Malawian Prophet Shepherd Bushiri  arguing they are going to continue protesting until his Enlightened Christian Gathering  (ECG) Church is “removed from our showgrounds in Pretoria”.

Bushiri with presidential religious aide Timothy Khoviwa and  Malawi’s ruling DPP’s politician Brown Mpinganjira,

Prophet Bushiri’s ECG church under siege in Pretoria

Typical xenophobic scenes such as burning tyres, spewing hatred remarks, shouts of ‘makwerekwere’ and beating up suspected faces were the order of the night on Friday when a handful of individuals invaded the gates of Pretoria Showgrounds—where ECG holds its services—to stop people from praying there.

The irony of it all is that ECG, currently, is not holding services as it is on recess until January 20.

This comes after three women died  in a tragedy last Friday in what Police believe that members of the congregation may have pushed each other as they panicked over a thunderstorm, leading to the stampede.

One of the protesters was heard shouting in video footage by SABC: “We want to question him [Bushiri]. Some among us want him to vacate Pretoria. We are going to continue protesting until his church is removed from our showgrounds.

“We are aware that the church service was expected to begin today (Friday) and we are disrupting it. This is our message to him,” he said.

However, Prophet Bushiri’s spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo said: “What happened at ECG on Friday was an unfortunate incident that none has control upon. The church is working with the police to ensure that everything is addressed to the letter. So far we have never had any issue with the police. We will remain steadfast in working with the police and relevant offices so that all matters are addressed.”

He added: “Spews of xenophobic attacks are uncalled for Prophet Bushiri and ECG operate legally in South Africa.”

However,  Bushiri spokesman said they understand that the protests is not coming from well-meaning South Africans.
He said:“We understand there are some church leaders who still feel Prophet Bushiri’s church stole people from their churches and that there ministries are falling because of Prophet Bushiri.  We know that they are using this incident to spew their anger us Prophet Bushiri.”

Bushiri followers believe the man known as “Major One” is not only imbued with the power of prophecy, but also to heal the sick and pray for one’s prosperity.

People who proclaim to be able to perform miracles are not unique to South Africa or even the continent – they are found in many parts of the world.

These include US-based Israeli church leader Benny Hinn, Grace Copeland and German evangelist Rienhard Bonnke to name a few.

Religion is a thorny issue, one that largely relies on individual choice.

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Ungwelu
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Ungwelu

I am not a fan of the Prophet but I detest lies and eny. The incident in Tswane was an accident caused by the rainstorms according to one eye witness. Now what the heck is this killing of witness for ‘nsembe’? Was Bushiri there slaying the women. Kupereka nsembe physical cutting of object must be done. This was a mere stampede arising out of people running for cover. Full stop. The problem with this religion business is that some are envious. That is bad. Just do your homework and improve. Period. In any do you know how much Bushiri’s church… Read more »

Zozo
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Zozo

So you South African you are making noise with only 3 people who has died coz of stamped accident? How many foreigners have you butchered, burned them alive without a crime committed slaughtering them in the name of xenophobia??? God is striking you one but one hehe and I pray that Bushil should remain there and make sure that every month 3 people keep dying. Stupid South Africans thinks they will not die one day when they burn others.

Gerald Mapanga Phiri
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Gerald Mapanga Phiri

Bushiri was in Malawi all along He was not received with full hands he was persecuted there too because of his preaching, pastors ganged up against him in radios because people leaving there churches. Now in South Africa people well come him with large number even top people so quickly because some of the were looking for prophet in South Africa and people started to leave their churches they started again to gang up against him like Pastors in Malawi . His persecution proves one thing. He is true man of God.

123
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Be aware of false prophets the devil has clothed himself into an Engel of light. If he is a true prophet as he claim himself to be he wouldn’t be tricking people with false miracles like holy spirit fire where he just mixed chemicals to produce fire, taking pictures in the air, raising the dead child, false healing of a shorten arms etc and so many staged miracles that he uses to rip off from already poor people. People of God woke up this gospell of prosperity will mislead you will just take you to hell than to heaven Jesus… Read more »

Neils
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Neils

He really should be no where. He’s not wanted by pple in South Africa likewise he’s not wanted by police back home but I’m afraid Malawians can be robbed naked. Home is best but he is no best homie.

Daughter of Major 1
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Leave him alone you people of evil minds. He is going nowhere till he finishes all what our father in heaven sent him to do. You can call him all sorts of names coz you are evil and full of jelousy but believers in Christ call him Major Prophet of God. The same God that him and me serve, will fight for him all what the devil has planned to do. Papa , be still . This is a year of open doors. Whether devil likes it or not, the door is open already.

BigMan
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BigMan

Xenophobia?

China
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China

My question is why did he had to go and settle in RSA?He would have promoted tourism if he had stayed in Malawi because all other nationalities would have visited Malawi and sleep in Malawian owned business.But Because of dyera he settled in SA

Wiseman
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Wiseman

I wonder this folks fail to know in advance the calamities before they struck them, and they claim to speak with God, TB Josuah killed people at his church now this time is Bushiri killing people at his church.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Ok, false prophets #MustFall

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