Pastor David Jika (46) was shot dead during a robbery last Friday morning at a guesthouse in Silver Lakes, Pretoria, where he and his wife were guests.

By Pretoria East Rekord

Christian Revival Church (CRC) in Pretoria has been saddened by the murder of one of its Lesotho-based pastors.

Pastor David Jika (46) was shot dead during a robbery last Friday morning at a guesthouse in Silver Lakes, Pretoria, where he and his wife were guests.

The CRC management received a phone call from the guesthouse.

“It is with shock and sadness that as a church we learned of the passing of our senior pastor of CRC Maseru,” said the management. 

“He was a strong man committed to making a difference in people’s lives and will be deeply missed.”

Pastor Jika, his wife Lizzy, his youngest son and his personal assistant were in the country for the church’s flagship event, CRC Dreamweek in Bloemfontein from Tuesday until Thursday, and were meant to attend a conference in Pretoria on Friday.

“The purpose was [for him] to attend the pastoral ordination of all new pastors and to be present for a live recording of our new music album,” management said.

“As an integral part of our leadership team, we requested him and his wife’s attendance in Pretoria.”

The couple were ambushed by a group of armed robbers who fired several shots at them, hitting the pastor.

The robbers demanded cash from the wife who only had R10 before taking her handbag and cellphones, locking her in the room and fleeing the scene.

She was found minutes later by security who heard her screaming for help.

The church described Pastor Jika as “an incredibly strong man of God and leader who loved all people across all races”.

“He was a strong family man who loved his wife and children dearly,” management said.

“An inspirational leader who always went out of his way to help people and expanded the kingdom of God.”

CRC said that Pastor Jika started the CRC church branch in Maseru growing the congregation immensely, impacting thousands of lives around the area and getting members of the community rooted in the local church.

He is said to have been on a mission to always win the lost at any cost.

The church has called on the government to deal more harshly with criminals by applying the full force of the law.

“Today, we report on a senseless crime but as we stand together we can make a difference. It is time to take hands with the church and to make our communities safe for all citizens,” said management.

The church would not stand for criminal activities and will do everything its power to assist and work alongside the government to bring the changes that need to be made.

“We have lost a great leader who will be missed dearly.” NW

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