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By unknown | Apr 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

A Zion Christian Church pastor is seeking the intervention of the church's head, Barnabas Lekganyane, after he was roughed up and thrown out of Moria City.

This allegedly happened in Boyne, Limpopo, during the Easter pilgrimage on Sunday.

Pastor Simon Mabuza, who heads the church's Vezubuhle branch in Mpumalanga, said he arrived at Moria on Friday afternoon and everything went well until he was approached by marshals in full khaki uniform.

He was allegedly summoned to a stationary bus near the main entrance.

"They read me a letter which they said had the list of church members barred from Moria for practising initiation.

"They would not say who wrote or had signed it. I told them that I don't practise initiation because I'm of Swati origin," he said.

Mabuza said he was roughed up and thrown out of the Moria premises.

"I was humiliated and treated like an intruder in front of my wife, children and congregation.

"As the leader of my congregation, I'm pleading with Ntate Barnabas Lekganyane to intervene because during last year's Easter pilgrimage my congregation was refused entry into Moria and our bus was turned away because of the same issue," he said.

Mabuza claimed his congregation had started experiencing problems after breaking away from an anti-initiation congregation following the victimisation of members who practised initiation.

"I have reason to believe that the security guards acted on the instructions of Josiah Kekana, the leader of the anti-initiation congregation we broke away from ," he added.

The church's general secretary, Alpheus Moshaba, said he was not aware of the incident but promised to investigate.

Moshaba, however, refused to comment on the church's stance on initiation.


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