A popular church on the outskirts of Johannesburg called Pentecostal Holiness International Church has come under attack by gun men suspected to be a splinter group from the church as a result of a leadership crisis from dating as far back as 2016.

Reports have it that about 5 people have been reportedly killed in the attack. So far police have arrested about 40 people in connection to this crime incidence that took place on Saturday. And have deployed police personnel around the church premises to forestall an escalation.

The crisis was said to have begun since the former leader died in 2016, and a similar shooting was reportedly carried out in 2018. Millions of rand ($6.5m and £5m) are said to be missing.

The church currently boasts of an estimated membership of 3 million.

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