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Joe Mafela's family says Grace Bible Church wanted to charge R89k for memorial service

23 March 2017 - 09:39 By TshisaLIVE
Actor Joe Mafela at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy Project on August 25, 2015 at Cedar Woods Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project, which aims to identify Living Legends across all arts disciplines and get them involved in programmes that promote arts, was launched by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and saw well-known legends such as Letta Mbulu; Abigail Kubheka; Caiphus Semenya; Thandi Klaasen, Joe Mafela; Dorothy Masuka and other great veterans in attendance.
Actor Joe Mafela at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy Project on August 25, 2015 at Cedar Woods Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project, which aims to identify Living Legends across all arts disciplines and get them involved in programmes that promote arts, was launched by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and saw well-known legends such as Letta Mbulu; Abigail Kubheka; Caiphus Semenya; Thandi Klaasen, Joe Mafela; Dorothy Masuka and other great veterans in attendance.
Image: Gallo Images / City Press / Denzil Maregele

The family of the late Joe Mafela has been forced to seek an alternative venue after the Grace Bible Church wanted to charge them R89,000 for the actor's memorial service.

Actor Mangaliso Ngema took to social media on Wednesday to comment on a meeting between the family and the church.

"We visited the Joe Mafela home last night to pay our respects. I was shocked to learn that Grace Bible Church wanted a fee of R89,000 for the memorial. When the head pastor (Musa) Sona was consulted, he offered a R10k discount. Needless to say there was no deal as this was totally ridiculous. This is supposed to be a 'house of God' serving the community," he wrote.

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The Joburg Theatre has since been secured as a venue for the memorial.

Attempts to reach the church was unsuccessful but speaking to Sowetan head pastor Musa Sona said arrangements between the church and family members were private.

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"Kindly note that as GBD (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."

Memorial services for Mandoza, Sfiso Ncwane and Lundi Tyamara have all occurred at the church.

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