The miracle water, said to make bad luck disappear and unlock doors of blessings, prosperity and healing, was a hit with the seemingly desperate crowd. An elated church elder, South African Leka Mofokeng who says he was behind putting together all the logistics for the Gaborone crusade estimates that it was full-house from day one on Thursday last week. He could not believe the turn out. With a smile, Mofokeng says next time, they may have to look for a 60,000 seater stadium when they make another trip to Botswana.
This was Zondo's first ever crusade outside South Africa, where his popularity has attracted both negative and positive comments. One radio station, Thetha FM being was ordered to close down in South Africa after it accused the pastor of satanism, resulting in uncontrollable riots and loss of lives.The miracle water or holy water according to Mofokeng is made at the church's factory that purifies water for human consumption in South Africa. For the Botswana crusade, thousands of the bottled water in 500ml, 10 litres, 15 litres were bused in and the demand has been unbelievable.
The magic water goes for P10, P25 and P50, depending on the quantity. Mofokeng says it is not just water. It is anointed water, prayed for by the himself at a secluded location. "You will agree with me that it would be difficult for the bishop to pray for all these multitudes one by one. Instead he prays for this water and gives it out, it is not for profit," he said.Besides, the miracle water, there was another spiritual item Zondo's followers were buying in large quantities - the edible oil - that comes in three colours yellow, green and red. On Saturday, the oil finished by 1pm but the believers said they had been promised more.
Zondo's followers had started arriving as 10am for a healing and miracles session billed for 6pm. The few that The Monitor spoke to said they came early to occupy the front seat and be able to see the bishop from close range. It does not matter though, whether close by or in the other tent far away. The image of Zondo was beamed to all the tents via monitor screens. Although he hailed the three-day crusade as a huge success, his elder, Mofokeng said it should not be seen as a money-harvesting venture. He said the church availed about P700,000 to put together the Botswana event. He said money from selling the water goes into covering the costs of hosting the event.
Zondo's entourage included 200 members from his South African church and a music band. There was security and local musicians performed at the event.