IPHC bids farewell to charismatic reverend

Bishop Clayton Modise of International Pentecostal Church on January 26, 2009 in South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Vathiswa Ruselo).

Modise died on Tuesday, February 9, at Mediclinic Morningside in Johannesburg after a short illness.

The late reverend Glayton Modise, leader of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), was given a send-off on Friday, February 12, at the church’s headquarters in Zuurbekom, on the West Rand, in Gauteng.

The bishop died on Tuesday, February 9, at Mediclinic Morningside, in Johannesburg, after a short illness.

Modise’s funeral was attended by water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane, who told the SABC: “This was a caregiver; somebody’s whose heart was more on food security, the safety and security of our people, education, agriculture, but, most importantly, on moral regeneration.”

Modise’s likely successor remains uncertain, after IPHC spokesperson Oupa Mosalakae declined to comment on whether or not he would succeed the charismatic church leader.

In an interview with The Citizen shortly before Modise’s death, Mosalakae laughed off suggestions that he was a possible replacement, saying: “We cannot talk about that.”

The IPHC was founded in 1962 by Reverend Frederick Modise, the father of only son Clayton Modise.

Frederick Modise founded the church in Meadowlands, Soweto, after breaking away from the Zionist Christian Church, where he had been a minister.

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