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WATCH: New footage emerges of clash between 2 rival church groups in Joburg

06 November, 03:52 PM

New video footage has emerged of the widely reported clash outside the International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, west of Johannesburg, last Thursday.

Three people were hospitalised after one faction attacked another.

The church has been embroiled in battles over money and leadership since the passing of its leader Glayton Modise in 2016.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo, the clash took place around 08:30 when a convoy carrying worshippers arrived and parked outside the church.

"As they were about to enter the church premises, another group which was inside the church charged at them. They confronted each other. During their confrontation, firearms were pulled out and three people were injured.

"One was shot in his shoulder. The three injured men were taken to hospital. We managed to seize loaded firearms," said Masondo.

Twelve cars belonging to church members were damaged in the skirmish.  Various items from inside the vehicles were strewn all over the street. 

The group that was attacked fled the area, only to return with more than 100 black-clad security guards. Police managed to prevent their entry onto the church premises and both factions eventually left the area.

Police are reportedly maintaining a high visibility in the area ahead of the next church service this weekend.

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