'Zondo is my saviour', shout marchers

2015-11-03 14:27
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg - More than 2 000 members of the Rivers of Living Waters Ministry shouted "Zondo is my saviour" as they marched through the streets of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The members were followers of controversial Bishop Stephen Zondo.

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They were marching to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Communities to hand over the ministry's annual financial statements.

"Viva Zondo, viva. This is the church of Christ," the marchers continued to shout.

Seven black Mercedes Benz vehicles, one of them carrying Zondo, led the march.

The convoy was then followed by a brass band and truck with a picture of Zondo on it.

Marchers held placards reading "Who is going to pay our university fees" and "Hands off our money".

When the march arrived at the commission offices, Zondo got out of the car and stood in front of his followers who clapped and ululated.

His security detail battled to keep members back as they tried to touch Zondo or even just get a glimpse of him.

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

In July this year, Sunday World reported that Zondo was being hounded for money after a congregant claimed that the bishop had published his counselling session video without consent.

The person was allegedly demanding that Zondo pay him R12m for publishing the video.

In 2012, violence broke out when a group of angry protesters accused Zondo's church of performing Satanic rituals and witchcraft.

On Human Rights Day that year a protest against the Rivers of Living Ministry turned violent.

The Star newspaper at the time reported that angry protesters, who made the accusations against Zondo, had gathered outside the church in Evaton.

They surrounded the church prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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