- Prophet Bushiri's ECG church will not be opening its doors any time soon
- A spokesperson for the church said that its reopening was being put on hold indefinitely
- This comes after negotiations between SANCO and ECG have failed to result in a resolution
Shepherd Bushiri's Enlightened Christian Gatthering church has postponed opening its doors indefinitely.
This comes after mediations between the church and SANCO (the South African National Civic Organization) continue with no resolutions in sight. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights (CLR) has been trying to facilitate an agreement between the feuding parties.
"The ECG church international would like to inform all its national offices, branch leaders, stewards, church members, followers and visitors that our 2019 Open Doors Grand Entrance Service, which was scheduled for this Sunday, the 20th of January 2019, is hereby postponed," said a spokesperson for ECG.
SANCO led protests against ECG after a stampede at the church's Pretoria showgrounds premises left multiple people injured and three women dead.
ECG, which is led by the controversial Prophet Bushiri, is also facing criminal charges for obstructing the ends of justice after the church allegedly moved the bodies of the dead women to a different location after the stampede and failed to notify the authorities. This triggered several days of protests against ECG, with community residents calling for the church to be removed from the Pretoria showgrounds.
Despite this, the church assured congregants that it would hold services again eventually, but did not offer a date. Nevertheless, a member of the church encouraged congregants to pray and fast over the next seven days.
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