Solly Msimanga, the outgoing Mayor of Tshwane, appeared before the CRL Commission to testify how an inspection of the church revealed it to be non-compliant with safety regulations. Despite this, the church has the go-ahead to give service this weekend.
Solly Msimanga, who concludes his service as Tshwane Mayor next month, is adamant that Shepherd Bushiri's church did not comply with safety regulations.
The notorious pastor is currently under investigation by the CRL Commission over an incident that occurred on the premises.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that three people died and 17 sustained injuries during a stampede. Churchgoers had been trying to run for cover during a severe storm.
According to Eyewitness News, Msimanga told the CRL Commission that an inspection conducted by emergency services had found escape routes obstructed and no emergency evacuation plan in place.
Despite this, the church denies that it failed to comply with safety regulations.
Msimanga was summoned to the commission to clarify if the church had permits to conduct services at the Tshwane Events Centre and if they were in possession of a compliance certificate.
The outgoing mayor revealed that the church was found to be non-compliant and that there had even been improper storage of dangerous goods, such as a diesel trailer inside the building.
Despite these allegations, the church says it has obtained permission to proceed with church service this weekend.
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