The controversial Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG)and Believers Family International of Christ Ministry have with immediate effect suspended its services till further notice.
Prophet Stepherd Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering and Prophet Stepherd M Mesala are spiritual sons of Prophet Uebert Angel.
However, the Enlightened Christian Gathering spokesman, Maynard Manyowa claims otherwise.
“All the reports that the church has been closed are lies,” he said. Manyowa said Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his church members had gone on a seven-day prayer and fasting mission to a mountain.
He said the calendar for their future services will be announced when they return. He said the prayer and fasting were spiritual matters and had nothing to do with the tragedy that happened at the church in December.
According to cops, three people died and many were injured during a stampede as congregants were running away from heavy rain. A case of defeating the ends of justice was opened relating to the removal of the bodies before cops arrived.
Bushiri has been in the spotlight recently, with some people calling for his church to be closed. Two weeks after the stampede‚ the City of Tshwane conducted an inspection at the church venue and found it to be non-compliant with safety standards.
Pretoria West police spokeswoman Captain Augustinah Selepe confirmed a probe was still under way but said no arrests had been made.
Meanwhile, according to international media, Prophet Uebert Angel has directed his spiritual two sons to immediately close their churches and head in the mountains for prayers.
Uebert Angel says his two spiritual sons must be prepared for the attacks ahead of them hence the fasting and prayer in the mountains for unknown days.
“The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church International and Believers Family International of Christ Ministry would like to inform all its national offices‚ branch leaders‚ all stewards‚ church members‚ followers and visitors that our 2019 Open Doors Grand Entrance Service‚ which was scheduled for this Sunday‚ January 20 2019‚ is hereby postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.
“All members and followers are advised to continue in prayer and fasting as previously announced by the Apostle Magawa and therefore (an) extension of an extra 7 days is hereby implemented [sic]‚” the church said in a statement.
“I don’t want to reveal spiritual things our spiritual father (Uebert Angel has directed us, – but it has nothing to do with the stampede that took place in South Africa ‚” said Prophet Mesala.