Conflict a way of life for Modise church
Absence of succession plan cited for ongoing fights
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) has been plagued by conflict for many years.
In the most recent infighting, a group of men stormed the church’s headquarters in Zuurbekom on July 11 last year in the early hours of the morning. Five people were killed in the shooting that ensued during the confrontations. The police recovered 68 firearms, including 17 rifles, 24 shotguns and 27 pistols.
Divisions in the church began after the death of IPHC leader Glayton Modise in 2016. Since Modise’s death three factions have emerged. The Jerusalema faction is led by Michael Sandlana, the Leonard Modise faction at the headquarters in Zuurbekom, and the Tshepiso Modise faction based in the East Rand.
The Leonard faction blamed last year’s attack on the North West-based Jerusalema faction but the latter denied any involvement.
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