The International Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) was established by Reverend Frederick Samuel Modise in 1962

  • His only son, Glayton, took over as The Comforter in 1998
  • Glayton died in 2016
  • Glayton had two wives: Marriam and Pearl Tafu, who was half his age
  • Glayton and Marriam had two sons, the eldest being Tshepiso and the youngest being Leonard
  • Upon his death, Glayton didn’t seem to have a valid will and that triggered an internal war for his legacy and riches
  • Between Glayton and the church, there were two bank accounts containing almost R1 billion when he died
  • It is also understood that more millions in cash stood in a vault in the church’s headquarters called Silo in Zuurbekom, west of Johannesburg
  • Two years after Glayton died, a man known as Michael Sandlana came forward and claimed to be Glayton’s son from outside of marriage
  • He took over the church’s second biggest branch in Oskraal, North West called Jerusalema
  • There are currently three factions fighting for power, including those claiming to be in Tshepiso’s corner, Leonard’s and Sandlana’s
  • There are several high court cases taking place simultaneously including in Johannesburg and Cape Town, essentially over the millions left behind by Glayton
  • Among some of the assets in dispute are cars like Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Mercedes Benzes;Modise also had an extensive property portfolio including several commercial farms in Limpopo and North West as well as a number of houses in Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Western Cape
  • The church has more than 3 million members across Southern Africa, all of whom buy their uniform and other memorabilia from the church.