A church with over 3 Million members, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church ( IPHC) has been rocked by a hostage drama that involved over 40 rogue soldiers and police.
The hostage drama arose from in-fighting for control of the church. The church has three factions led by the three sons of the late leader, Glayton Modise.
IPHC has over R1 Billion in its bank accounts and millions in cash at its church premises. The head office of the church is at Zuurbekom, West of Johannesburg.
The church was founded in 1962 by Fredrick Samuel Modise. His son Glayton ( The Comforter) took over in 1998.
Glayton had two wives Miriam and Pearl Tafu. Miriam and Glayton had two sons – Tshepiso and Leornard. Two years after Glayton died, a man called Michael Sandlana claimed to be Glayton’son.
Michael took over the church’s biggest branch in North West called Jerusalema.
The church makes its money from selling church uniforms to the 3 Million members, farms, properties and other business ventures.