Death of congregants blamed on forces of evil

2017-11-02 06:00
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Four members of the The Salvation Church of the Revival of Faith have lost their lives in a tragic accident on Tuesday a week ago.

The deceased include the daughter of the leader of the church, Apostle Dr Khaya Maseko, Yoli,5.

Others include Nonthuthuzelo Hele, and young couple Luvuyo and Wendy Qupe.

The four lost their lives after the car- driven by Nomsa Maseko, the Apostle’s wife- in which they were travelling overturned near Graaf-Reinet in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to sources, she swerved, trying to avoid hitting an animal on the road, but lost the control of the vehicle.

A visibly dejected Apostle Maseko said he took the accident “as a direct hit from the forces of darkness”.

“After I delivered a scathing sermon against false prophets, something like this happens but as the leader of the church, I will soldier on and carry on shepherding the congregation,” he said.

Members of the clergy visited Apostle Maseko on Friday morning to pledge solidarity and offer prayers.

Bishop Thembani Mnqantsa said they were traumatised by the tragedy but as Christians they were comforted by the fact that “death will be crushed and loved ones will be raised” when God deals with Satan.

Pastor Barry Isaac urged congregants from “all walks of life to pray for the affected families.”

“At this hour, all they need is your prayers,” he said. Church spokesman Pastor Lulama Mabija said the congregation has been left wounded but was “revived when Apostle Maseko conducted a service on Sunday.” “He was his old self, strengthened by his faith in the Lord. We are somewhat healed now and the rest from us is to bury the deceased with dignity,” said Mabija.

Yoli’s funeral will be held today at the church and the others’ will be held on Saturday 04 November at the same venue.

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