Pastor of 'booze church' on being locked up: "We’re not scared of this virus. I trust the Lord and alcohol"

Tsietsi Makiti (PHOTO: DRUM)
Tsietsi Makiti (PHOTO: DRUM)

The loud wailing that pierced the air on Sunday morning was not the sign from the heavens that controversial church leader Tsietsi Makiti had been waiting for. Instead, it was the sound of sirens from at least 20 police vehicles that greeted the self-proclaimed “pope” of the Gabola Church.

The church – infamous for being Mzansi’s only place of worship where alcohol flows freely during services – has been praying, along with many South Africans, for relief from the booze ban imposed by government during the lockdown.

Ahead of the lockdown, which began in March, Makiti told the Daily Sun the coronavirus “was for rich people.” “They get it because they travel all around the world and bring it here. How could we get the virus while we’re broke and always around the kasi? It’s sad that we’re panicking but we have never even left the country.”

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