- The CRL Rights Commission has decided that Bushiri was not responsible for the incident
- It ruled that ECG church had complied with proper safety regulations
- This comes after weeks of negotiations between ECG and SANCO following the deadly stampede
The CRL Rights Commission has decided that ECG church leader Shepherd Bushiri was not responsible for the stampeded that occured on the church premises last year.
The Commission said the church was in line with the proper safety regulations.
The stampeded, which left three people dead, triggered protests against the church, with many local community members asking that the church be expelled from its Pretoria showgrounds premises.
This announcement from the CRL Rights Commission comes after weeks of negotiations between ECG and the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) which failed to produce a resolution to the conflict.
SANCO had demanded that ECG pay R1 million to each of the families of the victims. As a result of the stampede and the resulting controversy, the ECG church had postponed its reopening indefinitely.
The Commission found that ECG was awarded a compliance certificate in December, finding that it had complied with regulations and that the church had taken the proper precautions meant to ensure safety at the location.
Charges of obstructing the ends of justice were also laid against the church after someone allegedly moved the bodies of the women killed in the stampede to another location.
They also reportedly failed to notify police about the deaths immediately. Bushiri claims that he was not aware of this at the time.
A spokesperson for ECG has said that they hoped that the Commission's report could help bring a resolution to the church's negotiations with SANCO.
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