- Prophet Shepherd Bushiri landed himself in hot water following a streamed sermon
- Critics lashed out at the religious leader for requesting tithes from his congregation during the 21-day lockdown
- Major 1 responded to the critics and claims the money will be used for efforts to combat the coronavirus
For some reason or other, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri never strays too far away from controversy and news headlines.
Most churches and religious leaders have been extremely quiet during the nationwide lockdown, but Bushiri has still managed to cause a stir during this period.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Major 1 was crucified for calling on followers to continue to tithe, despite the 21-day lockdown.
In response, Bushiri claimed that the funds will not be utilised for his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church or for personal gain.
Spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo claimed that the offerings would be used in the fight against Covid-19, as reported by SowetanLIVE.
Nyondo touched on the purpose of the tithes in a statement issued by the ECG church.
Nyondo said, "The prophet intends to raise more money from well-wishers across the globe; the money needed to buy ventilators, face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers which will be given freely to any place where it's needed."
Briefly.co.za learnt that ECG has lofty ambitions of building three hospitals across South Africa.
Nyondo emphasised that Bushiri's request was a plea and not a demand.
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