Church stampede: New twist as Bushiri, Nigerian community threaten legal action against SANCO

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Barely 4 months after Prophet Bushiri won a case of defamation against a top South African Newspaper, the controversial Prophet wins another one again. This time in his home country, against Malawi24.
Barely 4 months after Prophet Bushiri won a case of defamation against a top South African Newspaper, the controversial Prophet wins another one again. This time in his home country, against Malawi24.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church has served the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) chairperson Abraham Mashishi with a letter of warning to stop him from inciting the barricade of congregants from attending church services when they resume.

The warning comes at a time when the Nigerian community has also instructed its legal representatives to warn SANCO against inflamatory statements Mashishi made when he refered to Bushiri as a “Nigerian prophet.”

In a letter addressed to SANCO board members and copied to the South African minister of police and the police commission dated January 9, Bushiri threatened to make an urgent chamber application at the High Court in Gauteng Division (Pretoria) for an interdict to prevent the planned blocking of access of the church.

In the letter, it is alleged that Mashishi had taken to his social media platform to incite members of the civic organisation to block the gate entrances of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church on January 18, when services are scheduled to resume.

Mr Abraham Mashishi, and in your capacity as a representative of SANCO, publicly in the media (on SABC TV and Radio) and thereafter through social media incited its members to block/barricade the gate entrances to the church when the church services resume from about 18th of January 2019.  The blocking/barricading of the gates are intended to prevent and threaten congregants of the church from attending services at the church,” the letter reads.

“Your conduct by inciting your members to block the entrances to the church and the past and proposed intent of your members to again block the entrances to the church when the church services resume is unlawful.”

Mashishi was given a 48 hour ultimatum retract his statements publicly  and to instruct his members to stop any planned action they had intended to carry out failure of which will see an urgent chamber application against him in the High Court.

Meanwhile, Mashishi was also served with a letter from the legal representatives of the Nigerian Union dated January 7, demanding an apology and a retraction of the statement he issued to SABC where he was bashing Bushiri.

This comes at a time when social media is awash with the popular hashtag “#IamStandingWithMajor1” as various men and women of the cloth express their solidarity with Bushiri following burning of tyres and chants of war songs by SANCO.

Many of his followers and ordinary South Africans have stood in solidarity with the charismatic Prophet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were awash with comments against SANCO who many have now tamed a “Xenophobic group”. This follows after prominent prophets and pastors across the globe including Pastor Chris, Uebert Angel, T.D. Jakes and many more have pledged their full support for the Malawian born cleric.

The Nigerian Union allege that Mashishi refered to Bushiri as a Nigerian prophet and urged him to go back to Nigeria.

In a letter addressed to SANCO, the Nigerian Union legal representatives said: “We demand that you make and issue a written statement of retraction and apology for which at your cost, shall be posted as a frontline advertisement on the public media widely circulated in South Africa. We also demand that at your own labour and pain, you arrange for the same retraction to be aired on the same televison news channel you appeared on and made these utterances.”