40 injured in a stampede at Bushiri church in Pretoria

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At least 40 people were injured when a stampede broke out at a Malawian prophet Sherpard Bushiri church event in Pretoria on Sunday morning, paramedics said.

The stampede took place shortly before 08:00 at the Tshwane Events Centre.

"Several people indicated to paramedics…they were gathering outside the closed gate when people started pushing from the back to gain access," said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

"The gate eventually burst open and some people fell to the ground with other people falling and trampling over them."


Vermaak said amongst those most seriously injured was a woman in her 60s who had severe pelvic injuries, as well as a man in his late 30s whose knees were badly hurt.

Thirteen of the injured people were taken to hospital.

"Some of the people that sustained minor injuries declined to be transported to hospital and indicated they would go back to the church event," Vermaak said.

Meanwhile, the pastor of the charismatic church drew public attention recently when he was shown walking in the air in a video posted on YouTube and also shown to congregants during one of the church services.

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