Modise church broedertwis far from over

MARATHON CASE: Bethuel Modise, front centre, leader of the International Comforters Holiness Church, and senior
members of his denomination, leave the Westonaria magistrate's court yesterday. Pic: Veli Nhlapo. 10/12/2009. © Sowetan.
MARATHON CASE: Bethuel Modise, front centre, leader of the International Comforters Holiness Church, and senior members of his denomination, leave the Westonaria magistrate's court yesterday. Pic: Veli Nhlapo. 10/12/2009. © Sowetan.

THE leader of the International Comforters Holiness Church, Bethuel Bobo Modise, has told the Westonaria magistrate's court that he would spend Christmas "not in a festive mood" because his case keeps on being postponed.

THE leader of the International Comforters Holiness Church, Bethuel Bobo Modise, has told the Westonaria magistrate's court that he would spend Christmas "not in a festive mood" because his case keeps on being postponed.

His lawyer, Lerato Modise, said Modise's case had become a marathon and needed to come to an end.

"I have to place this on record. The court must take cognisance of the fact that the accused's rights are being prejudiced," the lawyer said.

"He was charged in 2007 but his case has not been finalised. He will not spend the festive season in a festive mood."

Modise also appealed to the prosecutor to furnish him with all the documents about witnesses.

"We do not want to be taken by surprise," he said.

Modise was arrested in April 2007 on a charge of crimen injuria. He had allegedly sent threatening and insulting cellphone text messages to his brother-in-law, Glayton Modise.

Some of the messages recorded on the charge sheet are: "You are cruel, you donkey"; "F...k you"; "You are a fool and steal the church money"; "You have failed Standard 1 eight times".

The case was postponed to March 9.

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