Church members demand sex from Zimbabwean flamboyant Prophet

Sex, getting drunk on red wine, borrowing R600,000 and toyi-toying. Ordinarily, these are not things South Africans would associate God with, but a church in Alberton, Gauteng in South Africa, is being torn apart by these claims and many others.

The holy war between eight disgruntled female congregants and their pastor has gotten so serious that lawyers, courts and police have been drafted into the fray.

Prophet Mattias Makwara, founder and owner of Spirit Movement Ministries, is facing off with eight former members of his flock in a bitter war of biblical proportions after the women claim he was a moruti wa tsosti (a trickster).
Church members demand sex from Zimbabwean flamboyant Prophet
Prophet Makwara, a Zimbabwean national, has been accused by the women of extorting money from them by either promising them blessings, or borrowing money from them and their relatives.

The women went to the church's premises and kicked up a toyi-toyi storm with the intention to disrupt Makwara's church service three weeks ago but his burly bouncers put them in their place.

Makwara, who the women allege is a rogue prophet, obtained a protection order against them after the picket. Sensing that their efforts were not going to yield any results, the women enlisted the services of a top law firm to demand money and some of the gifts they have presented to the man of God over the past year.

According to the women, Prophet Makwara must pay back almost 1 Million Rands and bring back among others, a pulpit, TV set, power generator, DVD player, chairs, DSTV decoder, carpet, sounds system and iPad.

Some of the members of the congregation who were served with protection orders refused to take the documents from the Alberton police.

Norma Mbali, speaking on behalf of the group, confirmed that they have briefed DMO Incorporated Attorneys to represent them in their war against Prophet Makwara.

"Makwara must just pay back the money he borrowed from the congregants. He is targeting a certain type of people that he believes are rich. He will come to your home and pray, saying he is giving you blessings but then you have to pay for them," said Mbali.

The women, who say their church is equipped with a speed point, also allege that it was impossible to consult the prophet to discuss their personal or spiritual matters without parting with exorbitant amounts of cash.

"A single consultation with the prophet costs R1,000. In the follow-up consultations you are required to pay the same amount. Reading a scripture costs R1,000 for false blessings," said another disgruntled church member, Lindi Madida.

Ambrith Ndlovu, speaking on behalf of her family, said she refused to accept the protection order brought by the Alberton police.

"Instead of paying back the money he serves us with protection orders. He owes my family over R600,000 he borrowed. It was not a donation, he promised to pay back the money and it is over a year now. He borrowed over R200,000 from my brothers who were not even members of the church. He promised to pay back the money within six months and now he is preventing us from demanding our money.

"He flew to Mpumalanga to convince my brother-in-law to lend him R400,000. He was given the money after he was said he was going to buy a farm," said Ndlovu.

Makwara rubbished the allegations against him, saying it was a personal vendetta because he had refused to have sex with some of the female church members.

"I never killed or destroyed anybody. But if they feel they want to destroy me , so be it. Have I made people eat snakes, eat grass or jump on top of people? What wrong have I done? For the record these women never spoke to one another before. I cannot say they were enemies but they were not friends. They love drinking wine and they get drunk. Some of them wanted to have sex with me. They have labelled me as a false prophet and have concluded for the same purpose," said Prophet Makwara.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities this past week launched an investigation into some dodgy church and pastors after receiving a number of complaints. The South Africa Council of Churches has also weighed in on the matter at a recent meeting held in Pretoria saying all pastors and prophets should belong to a regulatory body.

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