The members of Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa on Sunday got the shock of their lives when the new reverend was arrested during his sermon!

The police took Reverend Samuel Motsoare into custody at the church in Seshego zone 1, Polokwane, Limpopo, as he and 12 other members had been issued with an interdict to stay 50 metres away from the building.

It was gathered that he was charged with violation of a court order. Samson Maredi, one of the 12 members, said the interdict was obtained by the church council and the former pastor, Professor Selaelo Kgatla, who insisted on carrying on with his job after his contract ended in 2014.

According to Samson, the matter was reported to the church’s head office in Mamelodi, Tshwane, and the moderator said the outgoing pastor was not entitled to serve the congregation any more. Motsoare was released on bail of R500 within a few hours of his arrest. That was after the congregants arranged a special bail application.

On his release, the reverend was welcomed outside the Seshego Police Station.


Motsoare said he knew that he wouldn’t remain in custody for long, as he had done nothing wrong. He thanked church members for their support.