Cele’s office said when they met with the incumbent church leadership, they were briefed on the “leadership battle currently playing out in the church over recent years”, as well as their request for the intervention of law enforcement.
Cele said he had assured Leonard Modise, the son of the late Glayton Modise, that there would be an improved working relationship between the police and the church. Leonard is also one of those in the running to lead the church.
The minister said the police would explore all angles in their investigation.
“We wish to find a way forward on this matter with all parties involved. The South African Police Service cannot be seen to be taking sides, will not listen to just one side but all sides and enforce the law,” he said.
“The law will have to be on the side of the SAPS in order for us to do our work and prevent further bloodshed.”
This is not the first time that the leadership feud has turned violent. Similar scenes unfolded in 2018, but no fatalities were reported in that attack.