The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that at least three people died while at least nine others were injured when a stampede occured at the self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, which is housed at the Pretoria Showgrounds. The trio died on Friday but they are yet to be identified. The cause of the stampede is yet to be ascertained as well.
SAPS Tshwane West policing cluster commander Maj-Gen Daniel Mthombeni visited the Pretoria Showgrounds on Saturday and had told the African News Agency (ANA).
According to them, [ECG] when the rain started [on Friday evening] the congregation started to push each other and a stampede occurred, unfortunately leading to three deaths and nine injuries…An inquest has been opened for investigation. Anyone with a missing person believed to have attended the church service should visit the Pretoria West police station. The injured people were taken to Kalafong Hospital and Pretoria West Hospital. The three deceased were taken to a funeral parlour.
Charles Mabaso of Tshwane emergency services also said
We received a call with a claim that there were about 12 people that got injured. We dispatched three ambulances, but upon arrival, the ambulances found that there was one patient with moderate injuries. The patient was treated on [the] scene and then transported to Kalafong Hospital by Tshwane emergency services.
That is the only one patient that we transported. We are not sure if other patients were transported privately by private people.
In 2014, 11 people were crushed to death while dozens were seriously injured at Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya’s all night crusade at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe after stampede occured when the police tried to contain the crowd by firing teargas.