Alexandra – Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri will today visit residents of Alexandra Park who were affected by shack fires that spread through parts of the area and destroyed at least 352 structures, ECG News has reliably learnt.
The charismatic prophet is expected in the area at 16:30.
According to disaster management officials who spoke to ECG News Online, at least 650 people have been displaced and in need of critical relief supplies, not limited to food, shelter, water, sanitary wear, clothes, blankets, replacement documentation among other things.
Prophet Bushiri will tour the disaster area, and offer support to victims as well as liaise with disaster management coordinators with a view of rendering assistance to the men, women and children who have been affected by this.
Church insiders, privy to the visit told ECG News that the prophet is travelling first and foremost to show solidarity with the victims, remind them that they are not alone and get a first hand grasp of the levels of devastation.
“In difficult times, people sometimes need a hug, a warm word of support, and a show of oneness”, a director in the church told ECG News.
”Seeing firsthand will allow the prophet to render informed assistance”, the director who refused to be named added.
Insiders from the office of the prophet told ECG News that the visit had kept away from the media to avoid turning the prophet’s gesture into a media spectacle.
“Of course we did not want to make this big. Also understand that we are going to people who are going through a tough time. If this had been announced Tuesday, then there would have been cameras everywhere and people attending just to see Major1.
”Instead we just want the visit to be about the people of Alex who have been affected meeting Major1 and getting support”, he added.
As it is, all displaced women and children have been sleeping at a creche while the men and boys are sleeping at a development center.
The collapse of an electricity pylon has made restorative construction impossible.