A feud between a pastor and his ex-wife has resulted in 12 members of the pastor’s congregation being banned from his church for attendeding a Women’s Praise event at his ex-wife’s church.
Pastor Zwelidumile Mbane, who runs the Liwaphakade Church in Mfuleni barred his congregation from attending his ex-wife’s church Intandoka-Bawo after they received an invitation to attend a Women’s Praise event on July 2.
But 12 women from Liwaphakade Church attended the praise event as they believed the feud between Mbane and his ex-wife, Margaret Mbane, had nothing to do with them.
On Saturday Pastor Mbane called the 12 women to a meeting and they were shocked to receive letters stating that neither they nor their family were welcome in his church any longer.
Liwaphakade congregation member Sphiwo Ndita, 46, said he had been a member of the church since 1999 and had always visited other churches.
He said he was shocked to discover he was banned from the church after his wife attended a praise event at the Ntandoka-Bawo church.
“I thought if (Zwelidumile) Mbane was not happy, he should have called a meeting so we can discuss this. All I know is that on Saturday we were told to take our women and leave the church with no explanation.”
Another church member, who refused to give her name, said: “After we got an invitation last month Pastor Mbane said no women from his church were allowed to go to the Ntandoka- Bawo church. I didn’t understand because we never had a fight with Ma Mbane. She used to be our mother before they got divorced. We had nothing to do with his divorce. We’re still waiting for him to explain why he was divorce in the first place as he used to say divorce is not allowed in his church,” she said.
“What he has done is not right.”
Mbane said he “dismissed” the members of his church “because they not following my orders”.
“I told them not to go to that church and they know why.
“We had a huge fight with that church that’s why I didn’t want them to go.”
He said those who did not follow their leader’s orders “need to be disciplined”.
“This is not the first time they broke my orders. I told them they’re welcome to open their own church if they want to.”
Margaret Mbane from Ntandoka-Bawo, said she “never had a fight with the church” and did not understand why the members of Liwaphakade were dismissed.
“We all pray to God,” she said. –Nombulelo Damba