Church lawyer fails to turn up
THE feud between two brothers-in-law who once belonged to the International Pentecostal Church has resulted in one of them seeking a protection order against the other.
Glayton Modise, son of the late Frederick Modise, founder of the church, was allegedly sent threatening SMS messages by his brother-in law, Bobo Modise, in which the latter threatened to kill him.
Glayton, who obtained an interim restraining order against Bobo some time ago, now wants the order made permanent.
Magistrate Neo Serei this week postponed the matter in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto after Bobo's attorney, Lerato Modise, failed to show up.
"Please inform your lawyer to be here otherwise he'll face contempt of court," Serei said.
"The last time he was here he made excuses that his wife was pregnant. He needs to make up his mind."
Glayton's attorney, Victor Mdungasi Mashele, also complained about Modise not showing up.
"Your worship we have waited for too long and this matter must come to finality," Mashele said.
A number of text messages that Sowetan has seen - allegedly sent by Bobo - besides hurling insults appear to threaten Glayton's life.
One message reads: "Watch your back, boy. There is a big price for your head." Another says: "We are going to kill you together with Mmakekana."
The feud between the brothers-in-law is said to have started after the death of church founder Frederick Modise in September 1998.
Glayton took over as church's leader in October of that year.
Bobo reportedly started his own church - the International Comforters Holiness Church - between 2000 and 2001 when he failed to wrest control from Glayton.
Glayton is said to have been upset by this because not only did the name sound similar to that of the original church, but the clothing and other symbols of the two churches are also similar. - firstname.lastname@example.org