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13 Oct 2016
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IPHC drama over Modise’s multimillion-rand estate

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The widows of late IPHC leader Glayton Modise are apparently feuding over his estate.

OCTOBER 12: Red Ants sit at the back of an open truck during an eviction at the International Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) headquarters in Zuurbekom on October 12, 2016 in Westonaria, South Africa. The Red Ants were helping the sheriff of the court to remove belongings of one of the widows of church leader, Glayton Modise from the church. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan Thulani Mbele)

The first wife of late International Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) leader Reverend Glayton Modise has reportedly fled the church’s headquarters in Zuurbekom, southwest of Johannesburg, following “running battles” between her and his second wife on Wednesday.

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Mirriam (also known as Mmapoloko) obtained a court order to remove her belongings from the property, according to a report published by the Sowetan on Thursday. She is apparently quarrelling with Modise’s second wife Pearl Tafu over his multimillion-rand estate.

Mirriam was reportedly welcomed by a large crowd of the church’s congregation that supports Tafu – who was not home – when she arrived in Zuurbekom with empty removal trucks, a number of police officers and armed Red Ants security personnel.

It is said that scuffles ensued during her arrival, but two hours later, the trucks packed with her belongings left the property.

Here’s what we know about the IPHC:

  • The IPHC was formed in 1962 by Modise’s late father, Reverend Samuel Modise, in Meadowlands, Soweto.
  • The church believes in healing and miracles, and its headquarters were opened in Zuurbekom in 1991 and were inaugurated by former president FW de Klerk.
  • The church is regarded as one of the largest in the country, claiming over 3 million followers.
The daughter, wife Mapoloko and sister of the International Pentecost Holiness Church leader Glayton Modise during his funeral on February 12, 2016 in Zuurbekom, South Africa. The 75-year old passed away on Tuesday at the Morningside Mediclinic after a short illness, he was laid to rest on Friday. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo).

The daughter, wife Mapoloko and sister of the International Pentecost Holiness Church leader Glayton Modise during his funeral on February 12, 2016 in Zuurbekom, South Africa. The 75-year old passed away on Tuesday at the Morningside Mediclinic after a short illness, he was laid to rest on Friday. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo).

  • Between 5 000 and 10 000 people attended monthly healing sermons at its 380 branches across the country.
  • Modise died on February 9, 2019, at Mediclinic Morningside in Johannesburg after a short illness.
Bishop Clayton Modise of International Pentecostal Church on January 26, 2009 in South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Vathiswa Ruselo).

Bishop Clayton Modise of International Pentecostal Church on January 26, 2009 in South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Vathiswa Ruselo).

  • Polygamy is not regarded as part of the church’s policy, but it is church members’ choice to engage in polygamous marriages.
  • Earlier this year in April a court ordered that two factions within the church form an eight-member executive committee to run the church’s affairs after bitter battles to control the church’s finances.
  • In August church elders were reportedly robbed of R1.3 million in cash by 12 armed gunmen in what was suspected to be an inside job.

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