- A tavern co-operative union criticised the Gabola church recently
- The church's leader, "Pope" Tsietsi Makiti, hit back
- He insisted that his church "is here to stay"
The leader of the controversial Gabola Church, "Pope" Tsietsi Makiti, has defended it after criticism from the Seemahale Taverns Primary Co-operative.
The co-operative earlier called the boozers' church and Makiti "crazy," Daily Sun reports. Its spokesperson, Mmusi Pule, said their aim is to enforce regulations:
As per agreement with the Liquor Board, taverns should be run far from schools and churches, but Makiti is running a church inside a tavern.
However, Makiti said even Jesus was labelled crazy when he performed miracles, leading to his crucifixion.
He added that the co-operative is simply out to discredit him and the church, which is based in Evaton in the Vaal area of Gauteng. His church "is here to stay," he declared.
Makiti further explained that his aim is to promote the word of God and not to make money:
All I do is the work of God. I’m not running a business. Their issues are nothing but a plot to destroy Gabola. I am not crazy. They are the crazy ones.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that the so-called "tavern Pope" is now writing his own Bible.
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