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Protesting 'saints' repent

By Penwell Dlamini | Jun 28, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

CONGREGANTS of the Rock Praise Centre in Rockville, Soweto, have repented their sins - protesting for the removal of their priest.

On June 13 the "saints" demonstrated outside the church premises, calling for the removal of their priest over the misuse of church funds.

The church is a branch of Full Gospel Church.

But after a meeting with the church's head office more than a week ago the congregants realised that their behaviour was inappropriate.

Their priest, Philip Samuels, has since resigned from the local church.

"As children of God we regret protesting against our pastor in the way we did," general secretary of the church council Paul Mokoena said.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Samuels said the protest had affected the church in the entire country.

"I was cleared by head office and that is still my position," Samuels said.

The congregants had accused Samuels of the misusing R35000.

A bank statement presented to Sowetan reflected transactions of the church's debit card that included purchases of flowers, tyres, lunch in restaurants and hotels.


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