The International Pentecost Holiness Church's (IPHC's) newly appointed third "comforter", Michael Sandlana, has registered his own church. called the International Pentecost Church Choir (IPCC).
This comes amid a three-way leadership dispute over control of the three million- strong church membership.
Other pretenders to the throne include Tshepiso and Leonard, the two sons of the church's late leader Glayton Modise.
Modise, who inherited the church from his late father and founder Frederick in 1998, died in 2016 after suffering an undisclosed illness.
A legal dispute over his succession has been raging ever since his death. There had also been violent clashes between different factions within the church, leading to deaths in some instances.
Sunday World can reveal that Sandlana, who recently filed an application to join the court battle for the leadership of the church, commonly known as the Modise Church, has formed his own church named IPCC.
Sandlana's lawyer Bonisile Majavu, of Majavu Attorneys, confirmed that his newly formed church's bank account was blessed with IPHC funds that were held in trust.
As the church's leadership dispute were raging, all tithes and other income generated by the church was deposited and held in the Majavu Attorneys Trust Account.
Majavu confirmed the latest development and said Sandlana was ready to "define himself outside the Modise name".
Majavu also confirmed that an NPO called the IPCC was registered by Sandlana but said the developments did not mean that his client had abandoned his claim to the IPHC church leadership.
"He is still a party to the court dispute on the IPHC church leadership. Comforter Sandlana is still part of the IPHC church, including the Jerusalema branch [in Mabopane, Tshwane] where [he] is leading from," said Majavu.