PASTOR MANANA'S CHURCH DIVIDED
...What made matters worse was that not only did the pastor fall in love with one of the congregants but he allegedly went on and engaged in sexual relations with the congregant
Following a nasty split between Church of God Pastor Muzi Manana and his wife Khetsiwe Gwebu, members of the church have been left divided on whose side they should be on.
Manana is a prominent pastor who is known for his powerful prayers when casting out demons.
His church is located at Matsapha near Phocweni Army Barracks. The nasty split between the pastor and his spouse came after the two were allegedly involved in scandalous relationships. It has been alleged that at first, the pastor’s wife committed adultery with another man.
This in turn led the pastor to also cheat on his wife with one of the congregants of his church. This act didnot gone down well with some of the church members who are expecting the church leaders (pastor and wife) to lead by example.
The split is said to have led to some of the church members leaving the church. What made matters worse was that not only did the pastor fall in love with one of the congregants but he allegedly went on and engaged in sexual relations with the congregant and even paid lobola for her while his marriage to his wife subsisted.
The matter which has caused division at the church has even been taken to court whereby the pastor made an application to divorce his wife. It was during court proceedings that secrets between the pastor and his wife were made public.
It was said that the pastor was involved in sexual relations with another woman, a secret lover identified as Siphosethu Maya. While in court, Pastor Manana denied the allegations made against him by his wife.
Instead, he claimed that he was attacked by Gwebu’s family who came to his home while he was with his mother and other people in the yard.
Manana said he was with some congregants when he was attacked by Gwebu who came wielding what she claimed was a court order.
It is alleged that the court order was granting Gwebu permission to take items belonging to her from their mat
rimonial homestead. The whole scandal has created division among church members with some saying the pastor has advised members who were fresh from a divorce against getting married quickly. When called to state his side of the story Pastor Muzi Manana refused to entertain questions from the media saying he couldn’t address the media because journalists have their own agenda.
When asked about his divorce and the affair he had with one of the congregants Manana said he was not aware of what the reporter was talking about hence could not respond. “kulukhuni kutsi ngingayiphendula” Manana stated in vernacular.