Conflict in church

2016-03-30 06:00
MEMBERS of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from Namahadi opening the gate of the Presbyterian Church of Africa in Namahadi Village in Qwaqwa       Photos: Thabo Mokoena

MEMBERS of the South African Police Service (SAPS) from Namahadi opening the gate of the Presbyterian Church of Africa in Namahadi Village in Qwaqwa Photos: Thabo Mokoena

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NAMAHADI. – An ongoing leadership strife in the Presby­terian Church of Africa (PCA) in Qwaqwa has reached new depths with the inauguration of the new reverend being sabotaged for the second time, allegedly by his predecessor.

Rev. Xolani Molete, new leader of the congregation, lashed out at the former leader, Rev. Nkosivumile Matomela, expressing his disappointment at being forced to get a court order to have Matomela leave the leadership seat.

“He was the chairperson of the church committee and he knows all the church rules. He always wanted us to do as he had wanted, but I was surprised when he was too stubborn to leave,” Molete said.

Molete was interviewed by Express Eastern Free State on Sunday, 20 March, a day after he had been welcomed at the church. However, the welcoming was jeopardised when the reverend found, on his arrival at the church, all the gates and the door locked with new keys.

It is alleged that the gates and door were locked by the outgoing Matomela and his supporters. Members of the police from Namahadi had to intervene and cut open the gates in accordance with a court order obtained by Molete.

Four years ago, the church had splintered with members who had a motion of no confidence in Matomela going their way to the PCA’s Preaching station, attended by members of the church’s highest body.

On 18 January numbers of congregants of the PCA and the Free State Gauteng Presbyterian Church went to the Namahadi Mission to induct Molete, but that never happened, as Matomela and his supporters blocked the gates with cars.

A court order which Express EFS has in its possession, states that the respondend, Matomela, is interdicted and restrained from intimidating or harassing any person involved with the inauguration of Molete in any way.

Then the latest incident happened.

Molete has called upon all members of the church to come together in taking the church forward. He said he was there to build the church, not to select who should come to church.

“I want unity,” he said.

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