Son of late IPHC leader Tshepiso Modise’s melodious voice had people at Glayton Modise’s funeral at the International Pentecost Holiness Church’s headquarters in Zuurbekom on the West Rand on Friday dancing and singing along as they celebrate the life of their late leader.
Tshepiso expressed his shock at his father’s death last Tuesday at Mediclinic Morningside after a brief illness.
“You can be a professional, go on different platforms, do public speaking and help the children of God but when it’s your turn, it’s a different ballgame,” Tshepiso said.
He said he had spent some quiet time thinking.
“The time to be a boy is over. It’s time to be a man because my mother is looking up to me now. I asked myself why God gave me a gigantic body frame. I then realized that he knew there was a heavy load coming. I will carry it. It will not be heavy for me,” he said.
The IPHC leader’s funeral service was attended by thousands of important personalities and congregants. some dignitaries present include Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife Precious and Bapedi king Victor Thulare III.
Modise was hailed as a good man who dedicated his life to helping others and towards achieving great things.
Mokonyane, who was the representative of President Jacob Zuma on the occasion said the IPHC church was a place where she and others found healing.
“I am proud to be standing here on behalf of President Jacob Zuma. He sent me here because this is also his home. This is where he drew from when he was thirsty”.
“I used to come here when the political and personal load became too hard for me to carry. The Comforter [Modise’s nickname] was my nurse, my doctor”.
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He gave me healing. This is our clinic and hospital,” Mokonyane said.
Inside the yard, men clad in church uniform – white trousers and shirts, blue or maroon blazers – stood lined up in honor of their late leader. Women also wore different uniforms and sat accordingly.
Modise’s wives arrived in two cars – Rolls-Royces. Mmapoloko wore a white dress and white hat while Mmamohau was in a long cream skirt and fishtail top.
Modise was laid to rest at the grave site in the IPHC churchyard.