- Social media users accused Pastor Bushiri of swindling them out of thousands of rands
- The Malawian pastor allegedly claimed to heal the sick
- South Africans have been protesting the pastor following the recent stampede in his church
Social media users from across the continent came forward to publicly accuse Pastor Bushiri of swindling them out of thousands of rands.
Pastor Bushiri has recently been under fire for failing to report that three woman had died in a stampede that occured in his church, as Briefly.co.za reported. Although he apologies, the church’s spokesperson said responsibility for the deaths of the members of the congregation was on the church and not the pastor.
Nevertheless, hundreds of residents in pretoria protested the church and its leader.
In the aftermath of the stampede, angry churchgoers have come forward, alleging that the pastor manipulated them into giving the church thousands of rands, often to perform ‘miracles’ such as healing the sick, but with no results.
A man, E. Gbotoe claims that he paid R8000 for his aunt who flew from Australia to South Africa to see the pastor. He says that the pastor charged a higher price for overseas guests. His aunt saw the pastor to be healed. Gbotoe says that his aunt died just months later. He says that the pastor has motivated him to write a thesis called ‘Commercialised Gospel’. He adds that he can provide proof if the pastor denies these events.
In another shocking story, Reneilwe Mphahlele alleges that she paid an excessive R21 000 during Easter 2017 for a one-on-one- visit with the pastor. She says she regrets her decision because she did not yield any results. She claims the pastor said he had “expensive tastes”. She adds that she now realises that God is for free.
Zimbabwean Ishamel Mashala said that he paid R7500 to see the pastor. He says that Pastor Bushiri promised that he would find employment, and that Zimbabwe’s currency will improve. Ishmael says he is still unemployed.
Social media users were shocked and defeated by the accounts of the former followers of the pastor. Many users pointed out that one should never expect to pay for healing from God, because Jesus has already delivered their salvation. Others added that people should know by now, not to fall prey to the manipulations of those who claim to be men of God.
Pastor Shepard Bushiri is a Christian leader from Malawi and the founder of the non-denominational evangelical church, Enlightened Christian Gathering. The church is based in Pretoria but has branches all over Africa and across the world.
Bushiri claims that his church is a “Prophetic Ministry” and which enables God to speak to the people directly.
He is also an entrepreneur and has a global investment company in Sandton.
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