Angry church members stormed Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance Church in Capetown demanding their money which they paid after having been promised lucrative state of the art housing on Sunday.
The saga which has attracted lots of confusion and embarrassment for the cleric who is being dubbed a criminal.
In a video circulating on social media, several women are seen screaming and crying demanding their money.
“Give me my money Magaya,” an elderly woman is seen weeping while holding a protest flier.
Police were called in, according to a witness, t quell the situation but they only reported;y asked the church to pay up.
The fed-up church members today boycotted church service opting rather to protest.
The members 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. But the company has neither delivered the stand nor reimbursed their money as promised.
The same group protested on 17 July and threatened to cause havoc.
On Sunday, about 20 people held posters that read: “We did not come to work for you Walter Magaya” and “We want our money from you Walter Magaya”.
The church was founded in 2012 by Magaya and also has branches in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Australia.
A man who gave his name as 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“The church has already started paying but there is a challenge that some of the numbers in our records are outdated.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 warned that if they return Tuesday and do not get their money, they will disrupt the church every Sunday until they are paid.
Stanley Mudzingwa said he quarrels every day with his wife about the R40,000 he invested with the PHD. “I have tried to engage the church since 2018 … They keep on giving me false promises,” he said.
A woman demonstrating told GroundUp she had invested R34,000 for a housing project. “All I want is my money. I am struggling with four children. Since lockdown, I am not working. When I went to Zimbabwe to claim they said to go back to Cape Town where you paid your money.”
One of the demonstrators said: “I wish the new faces fighting with us would open their eyes and learn from our situation. This church used to have an overflow. We would come here and stand the whole services because all seats were taken but look now …. the church is left with a handful of new faces. Where are all those people who used to fill the church?