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

Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - By Si­fiso Nh­la­batsi

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.

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