IPHC leadership calls for police intervention in church battle

Leonard Modise, the leader of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, calls on the police to stop attacks on the church and its members. This comes after there was a hostage situation at the church building yesterday. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The leadership of the International Pentecostal Holiness has called on law enforcement agencies to play their part in ensuring that the battle for control of the church is resolved.

Five people were killed at the church on Saturday when about 50 people stormed the building and held congregants hostage.

"Every time we cry to our law enforcement agencies, our cries have landed on deaf ears.

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"After we realised that we do not get any joy from our local police stations, we have reported several cases, I can count more than 40 cases that we have opened and we did not get any joy," said church chairperson, Abiel Wessie.

Over 40 people, including a police officer, soldier, and a metro police officer have been arrested.

The church, which has more than three million congregants in Southern Africa, has been in conflict since 2016 following the death of its leader.