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Congregants want to oust 'abusive' Durban pastor

By Khulekani Mazibuko | Apr 30, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TENSIONS are running high at Q section in Umlazi, Durban, as disgruntled members of the African Congregational Church yesterday reiterated a demand that their Pastor "must go".

On Tuesday more than 50 church members marched to the mission demanding that Pastor Delani Gcwensa quit. Police, however, intervened in time and whisked the pastor to safety.

Members of the church accused Gcwensa of verbally abusing and insulting themhis members in full view of the entire congregation.

"We are insulted in full view of children. He calls us names and insults us. He also allows our girls to bring their boyfriends to church," Thokozile Dlamini.

She said she was disappointed with Gcwensa.

"My parents went to this church and I followed, My children and their children will also attend this church. But now we are fed up with him."

She said a mass meeting, to be attended by all branch leaders, would take place at the weekend to discuss the future of their leader.

Dlamini said they would not use force to remove Gcwensa, but that he should take responsibility and accept that he was no longer wanted.

"We will not risk destroying our church buildings by being violent. We will simply chant slogans until he leaves."

Gcwensa refused to talk to Sowetan yesterday .

Umlazi station commander Lieutenant Colonel Buhle Ngidi said the police were aware of the dispute but insisted that no one had broken the law yet.

"Police are patrolling the area and we do not foresee any outbreak of violence."


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