More than 50 congregants who belong to Twelve Apostolic Church of Christ in Bulawayo’s Emakhandeni suburb were involved in a fight during a church service after one of the church’s prophets, Mr Vincent Hlatshwayo, allegedly attacked a fellow prophet Mr Njabulo Ngwenya for being arrogant. The rival factions were engaged in running battles, others throwing stones.
When contacted by The Chronicle for a comment, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the incident and said investigations were in progress. Narrating the incident to The Chronicle, Ngwenya said:
There are church members we had prayed for and they had to leave before the church sermon was over. They started talking and I asked them to lower their voices because they were distracting those who were remaining behind. Hlatshwayo then interjected and accused me of being arrogant. He attacked me with fists and started throwing stones at me. Other members of the church joined in and there was chaos at the church. They threatened my wife and other people who they believe are my people.