No men allowed here'
MANZINI – Men were not allowed to take part in the Woman to Woman Conference hosted by Zanele Mbokazi, Bishop Mpendulo Nkambule’s wife.
About 600 women gathered at the Divine Healing Ministries church on Friday night where Mbokazi had hosted a spiritual conference.
Mbokazi had invited women with the intention of giving advice on issues which include relationships, overcoming adversity and finding one‘s inner strength.
Men who came to the church were not allowed to go inside as Mbokazi made it clear that the conference was specifically for women.
Among those who were not allowed to sit in and listen to what she was sharing with the women was Bishop Nash Shongwe who is also the founder and leader of the Divine Healing Ministries.
Shongwe stood outside the church’s main door for about an hour while the session continued. Also not allowed to go inside the church was Bishop Nkambule who also stood outside.
When the Times SUNDAY arrived at the church, Nkambule was found standing outside with a few men who had also brought their spouses.
Nkambule said his wife had asked that there should be no men taking part as this was a woman conference.
"The conference was made specifically for women only and that is why we are all standing outside," he said. While Nkambule was still explaining, Shongwe arrived being chauffured by his son Sikhumbuzo. He went to where Nkambule was standing and asked why he was standing outside as the seminar was continuing.
Nkambule told Bishop Shongwe that men were not allowed inside the church as the women wanted to be alone. Shongwe then proceeded to the door being followed by Nkambule.
He opened the door and went inside. However, Mbokazi who was already on the pulpit addressing the women paused and looked at Shongwe before she laughed.
She had not said a word when Shongwe turned back and went out of the church.
Asked why he did not stay inside, he said he noticed that there were no men inside the church and it was clear that the women wanted to be alone. "Labafati bebafuna kuba bodvwa vele (These women wanted to be alone)," said Shongwe.
He then suggested to Nkambule that they should host a men’s conference where all the males would come around and discuss issues relating to their families. Nkambule said he was for the idea and suggested that they would have to meet and decide on when they would host such a conference.
Shongwe left before the end of the session as he complained of the cold weather while Nkambule said he would wait outside until the end of the event.
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