The three women who died during a stampede at the church of charismatic preacher Shepherd Bushiri have been identified.
Yesterday police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe confirmed that the bodies of Nondumiso Patricia Pringane (59), Matshila Sarah Mohlala (69) and Lehlogaholo Maria Segodi (60) were identified by their families.
Selepe said Pringane, from Eastern Cape, was idenfitid by her sister on 31 December, while Mohlala of Soshanguve, and Segodi of were identified by their families last week.
This comes amid an ongoing police investigation into the deaths at the Tshwane Events Centre, where Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering against his attackers as he did not know who his attackers were and was unable to remember their faces.
“I did not go to the police as yet because I was focusing on my recovery and I don’t know who to lay the charge against.
Before the attack, the 38-yearold man worked as a boilermaker and supported his 89year-old grandmother.
“He is the only one left to take care of me,” the grandmother
Church was holding a service. A case of defeating the ends of justice has been opened relating to the removal of the bodies from the church said.
He now walks with a prosthesis.
A friend, Fanyana Ngema who was with him hours before his abduction, said: “I was called by a neighbour and ran to the hospital and found him in a coma.”
Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said police were not aware if a case was opened, and normal procedure dictates this should have happened. premises to a private mortuary in Atteridgeville while three cases of inquest were also being investigated. Captain Kay Makhubele said no arrests had been made in relation to the removal of the bodies.
“We are still investigating who was responsible for removing the bodies,” he said.
Makhubele added that the police were monitoring the Tshwane Events Centre, the church’s venue, after protests led by the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) broke out at the weekend. Sanco protesters demanded the closure of Bushiri’s church.
Sanco’s Tshwane treasurer Abraham Mashishi said: “On January 12, we are going to protest outside his house. We don’t [want] him in this country.”