Some South Africans in Pretoria on Friday protested against Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church following deaths of three women on December 28 in a stampede at the church.
The protesters were demanding to speak to Bushiri and declared they were not going to let anyone enter the church before this happened.
Bushiri and some of his church officials, according to media reports in South Africa, are facing a case of defeating the ends of justice and of interfering with police work after they reportedly removed the bodies from the church to unknown location before police were informed.
But Bushiri’s spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo said in a response to a questionnaire yesterday that the Friday protests had nothing to do with the unfortunate incident that happened on December 28 2018.
“All the issues—from handling the 17 that were injured to identifying the dead bodies and according their burial—are being well handled by the church and the police.
“Everything is working just fine. Those protesters are saying they don’t want Prophet Bushiri in South Africa because he is from Malawi. Those are strong xenophobic sentiments which, as a church, we don’t condone,” Nyondo said.
He said actions of few people with xenophobic spirit should not destroy the beauty of what is the rainbow nation of South Africa.