According to the church’s traditional practice, Tshepiso was supposed to inherit the leadership position from his father but a faction within the church had been opposing this move both legally and through violence.
Modise family spokesperson Emmanuel Lekgau said they held a family meeting last week to address the continual church shooting.
Although Leonard did not make it to the family meeting, he was represented by his lawyer, Lekgau said.
He later released a statement on Facebook following the meeting.
“Modise family distances itself from all activities of the so-called BGB movement. It condemns all the violence and guns at church,” read the statement.
BGB stands for Bring God Back (BGB), which is a splinter church allegedly started by Leonard.
Church sources claim that the attacks have also been escalated following a recent decision made by the church council that Michael Sandlana, Modise’s son out of wedlock, be considered as the possible spiritual leader of the church.
A church member from Mabopane, north of Pretoria, told Sunday World that they were held hostage inside the church premises on October 31.
The man, who did not want to be named, said a day after that, Silo attacks took place where several people were injured and scores of cars damaged.
“People now come to church not knowing if they would return home alive,” he said.