Bushiri Stampede – What Really Happened That Night …
On Bushiri Stampede – Prophet Bushiri, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) has described the stampede at the Pretoria church in December in which three people died as “unfortunate”.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and officials of Enlightened Christian Gathering church are facing a case of defeating the ends of justice and of interfering with police work because the bodies of the three women from their Pretoria church who died after a stampede which has been termed “Bushiri Stampede” were removed.
Three females died and 12 got injured during a stampede to get into the church during a thunderstorm on Friday afternoon.
The injured were taken to Kalafong Hospital and Pretoria West Hospital. The police had said that the proper procedure. “When this type of thing happens you either phone an ambulance or the police, so paramedics can check if they can resuscitate the person. If the person has died they certify the death.”
The head of the church who runs the Pretoria branch has been suspended pending investigations.
Prophet Bushiri and his Lawyer Terrence Baloyi, presented evidence on Monday the 28th day of January, 2019 at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) hearing into the tragedy. The commission is currently mediating between ECG and the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO). SANCO has been calling for the closure of the church since the incident.
Bushiri explained that when a storm hit Pretoria on December 28th congregants panicked and caused a stampede in one of the halls where people were meant to be accommodated for a service that was to start at around 22:00
Bushiri said: “The church has an onsite paramedics company which handles emergency activities within the premises. The immediate report we got from them was that there has been a stampede at one of the halls, and using their ambulances they evacuated different people who suffered different injuries,”
Mampe Deborah Letsoale, a Facebook user said she had found her mom at RedFord mortuary two days later.
She wrote: “She passed away on December 28 due to Bushiri’s church’s stampede. We were sent from pillar to post by Bushiri’s people they kept my mom’s body at their mortuary in Saulsville.”
Prophet Uebert Angel, Bushiri’s Spiritual Father has called on congregants and people all over the globe to offer their support and prayers for Bushiri following this development.