[27-03-2016] At the invitation of Apostle Simon Mokoena, the founding leader of the Tyrannus Apostolic Church, Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Mahole Mofokeng attended the church’s Easter service held in De Deur, Midvaal on Sunday. Also present were Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Paul Mashatile and Free State MEC for Social Development Sisi Ntombela, Sedibeng District Municipality Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng and Midvaal Local Municipality Mayor Bongani Baloyi.
Minister Mokonyane donated 350 water wheelbarrows to the church as part of her ongoing drought relief programme to the communities. A further 150 water wheelbarrows will be given to the church by the end of the week, Mokonyane announced. Mokonyane also donated R50 000 to help the church deliver the water wheelbarrows to beneficiaries.
Mokonyane said the water wheelbarrows will help women living in rural areas of South Africa to fetch water. The water wheelbarrows are water containers on wheels with dispensing built-in taps, making it easier for people to fetch, store and use water when compared to buckets which can be difficult to carry. “We need rain Apostle Mokoena, please Intercede on our behalf and help us pray for rain. Water is life and we need water,” she said.
In his address, MEC Mashatile, who is also Gauteng ANC Chairman, expressed to congregants about his first meeting with Apostle Mokoena.
“The Apostle requested a meeting and we met. At that meeting he relayed how the church was founded in the Free State province but now wanted the church’s headquarters to be in the Gauteng province, here in De Deur. The Apostle said as a leader of the ANC in the province, I had not yet welcomed him but I responded by telling the Apostle that Gauteng was his home and he was always welcome.”
Mashatile also promised to work with Midvaal Mayor Baloyi to install water and sanitation services at the massive church, which boasts a membership of over one million members nationwide.
“Churches and government need to work together but if our people still don’t have decent jobs, housing and good health then it means our struggle isn’t over. We’re continuing with the struggle of improving the lives of our people,” he said.
Apostle Mokoena thanked his guests for visiting the church. “We’re humbled by your presence; we’re not used to seeing politicians in our church. Today we’re happy to have guests of your caliber who have come to worship with us,” he said.
Founded in 2000, Tyrannus Apostolic Church is one of the fastest growing churches in the country, with branches in all nine provinces as well as neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique.
Apostle Simon Mokoena (middle) is flanked by Sedibeng District Municipality Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng (left), Midvaal Local Municipality Mayor Bongani Baloyi, Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Paul Mashatile, Free State MEC for Social Development Sisi Ntombela and Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayor Mahole Mofokeng (far right).
Executive Mayors of the Midvaal and Emfuleni Local Municipalities, Bongani Baloyi and Mahole Mofokeng and Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Paul Mashatile arrive at the Tyrannus Apostolic Church for the church’s Easter Sunday service.
Apostle Simon Mokoena and Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayor Mahole Mofokeng pose for the cameras at the Tyrannus Apostolic Church ahead of the church’s Easter Sunday service.