There was drama at Walter Magaya’s church in Bellville, Cape Town this week as former church members protested and demanded that Prophet Magaya refunds them the money they had invested in the church.
This comes after, former members accused the church of scamming them out of money they invested in housing and other projects.
Reports reaching iHarare reveal that on Sunday about 20 people protested at the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries in Bellville.
The protestors held posters that read: “We did not come to work for you Walter Magaya” and “We want our money from you Walter Magaya” as they demanded that Prophet Walter Magaya pay back the money they invested at the church.
The scuffle was so chaotic as the current church members tried to block former members from entering the church. The police had to be called to the scene to bring order.
According to New Zimbabwe, some church members had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2016 with a subsidiary of the church’s investment arm, giving them rights to a residential stand in Zimbabwe. However, up until now they still haven’t received the stand nor have they been reimbursed their money as promised.
Apparently, this is not the first time former church members have caused havoc. Sometime in July, the same group protested and threatened to cause havoc.
One of the protestors Stanley Mudzingwa revealed that he is tired of quarreling with his wife every day about the R40,000 he invested with the PHD. He argued that all he wants is his money.
“I have tried to engage the church since 2018 … They keep on giving me false promises,” he said.
One of the workers from the church, Austin Madzivire begged the protesters to write down their names, mobile numbers and to return on Tuesday to meet with the finance office.
“The church has already started paying but there is a challenge that some of the numbers in our records are outdated. A few people have already been paid their money. Come back during the week. We let police leave the scene because we know you are within your rights,” he said.
After writing their names down, the protesters, however, warned that if they return on Tuesday and do not get their money, they will disrupt the church every Sunday until they are paid back their money.