Peaceful road leads to Moria

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The long-standing dispute over the construction of a road leading to the headquarters of the two most powerful churches in the southern hemisphere, the Zion Christian Church and St Engenas Church, in Moria, has been resolved.

The two churches met and agreed in principle to resolve the impasse amicably, for the sake of their followers.

In a joint statement released yesterday, the two churches said they had resolved to allow the construction of the road to proceed for the safety of their followers and the communities in the area.

Construction of the 53km road between GaChuene and Boyne is expected to alleviate traffic congestion on the roads during religious pilgrimages to Zion City in Moria.

Upon completion, the road will cost taxpayers R86million.

Construction was stalled because of disputes over how the road should connect with the R71 road towards Polokwane.

"The two parties have agreed to allow construction of the road to take place for as long as it serves the purpose," read the statement.

"We have agreed to allow construction of the road to continue for the sake of the safety of the people during the festive seasons," it read.

Emmanuel Motolla, a senior member who is also close to Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane of the ZCC, said there were no disputes in the first place "but only minor misunderstandings".

"We are happy that the two parties came together and agreed in the best interests of our members," Motolla said.

Secretary of the Bishop Joseph Lekganyane-led St Engenas Church, Ockner Nake, concurred with Motolla.

He said the matter was water under the bridge and that they had given the green light to the contractor to proceed with construction work.

"The situation was not as people perceived it. We are one and will always be," said Nake.