Is the church a business or community service — reactions to Joe Mafela's R89k memorial service quote

By Pam Magwaza
23 March 2017

Grace Bible Church is once again the talk of social media after it gave the family of late actor Joe Mafela a quote of R89k to hold his memorial at the church.

Grace Bible Church is once again the talk of social media after it gave the family of late actor Joe Mafela a quote of R89 000 to hold his memorial at the church.

Actor Mangaliso Ngema shared the news on his Facebook page.

"We visited the Joe Mafela home last night to pay our respects. I was shocked to learn that Grace Bible Church in Soweto wanted a fee of R89 000 for the memorial," he said. "When the head pastor [Musa] Sono was consulted, he offered a R10 000 discount. Needless to say, there was no deal as this is totally ridiculous. This is supposed to be 'a house of God' serving the community. The memorial is now going to be held at Joburg Theatre on Thursday. #Churchbusinessstruth" This news caused an uproar on Twitter with people debating whether Grace Bible Church was right to request so much money to host the memorial of the legendary actor.

 

 

 

Others argued that although the church is a community service — they still have bills to pay:  

 

 

According to Sowetan Live, Grace Bible Church senior pastor Mosa Sono said: "Kindly note that as GBC [Grace Bible Church] we don't comment on arrangements between people seeking to use our facilities for memorial services. The Mafela family will be best placed to give you a response."

The church was in also in hot water earlier this year after TV personality Somizi Mhlongo posted an Instagram video of himself leaving the church after a guest pastor spoke against homosexuality. Grace Bible Church has also hosted the funerals of singers S'fiso Ncwane, Lundi Tyamara and Mandoza.

Joe Mafela died on Saturday 18 March in a car accident aged 75. His memorial is currently taking place at the Joburg theatre.

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