The international Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) has obtained a court order at the Limpopo High Court to stop members aligned to late Bishop Glayton Modise's second born son Leonard from assaulting their rivals and disrupting church services in their Limpopo branches.
They have also interdicted Phatane Tribal Authority, Baroka Maloga Ditshelo and Chief Tobane April Masha from shutting down the church building in Tubatse area, Limpopo.
Chief Masha was instructed to appear in court on 30 October to explain why the order should not be made permanent. The interdict was applied by Advocate Papi Maluleke on behalf of the executive committee of the church's headquarters in Silo, south of Joburg, after receiving complaints that members who want Leonard to ascend to the throne allegedly disrupted services and assaulted those who don't recognise him or his eldest brother Tshepiso as the legitimate heir to the throne.
It is also alleged the members who call themselves BGB (Bring God Back), were urged by Masha, who shut down the church building in solidarity with the group's demands.
Maluleke declined to comment and referred us to the church's attorney Boni Majavu, who also declined to comment.
BGB spokesman Evander Samuel Monyamane refuted claims that they assaulted other church members and disrupted services.
"It was in fact the other group that beats us up when we go to church," he said.
Monyamane confirmed that they want Leonard to lead the church as per his late father's instruction.
"Leonard doesn't want this position. We want this position for him as per the wishes of his father before he passed on. When the Comforter (Glayton Modise) was ill, he told us that he wanted Leonard to take over from him," he said.
Monyamane blamed the executive committee for causing a rift in the church because they do not understand the beliefs of the church.
"They want us to worship the Holy Spirit when in actual fact we worship a person. Glayton Modise was our god and that is why we say Bring god Back. leonard is our god, we worship him."
Monyamane said they respect the court order and said their god will solve their problem.
"How do you stop people from going to church? We are people of peace, we respect the order," he said.
Modise's second wife, Pearl Tafu, who allegedly guides the executive committee, declined to comment.