Self-styled prophet Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng says he has instructed his legal team to file claims amounting to R11 million, which he alleges he paid towards the purchase of a building he was occupying for religious activities.
After long-standing legal battles, Motsoeneng’s church, Incredible Happenings Ministry, was evicted on saturday from the building in Wadeville, Germiston, south of Joburg. The church was sub-leasing from Metcash Trading Limited a building owned by Franjenron Pty Limited in Wadeville.
Motsoeneng said the agreement was a lease-to-buy for R14 million and he had paid R11 million, which he is claiming back. From early yesterday, the Red Ants removed church property from the building and put it on the pavement.
This included furniture, a sound system, mattresses, stoves, computers and chairs. Church members collected the ministry’s possessions and loaded it into vans. By 12.50pm, a locksmith company had padlocked the building’s doors and the gates.
According to a court order issued by the South Gauteng High Court last year, the first respondent, Incredible Happenings Ministry, and the second respondent, the occupiers of the building, were supposed to vacate the premises on August 30.
Court documents further stated that both respondents “are in unlawful occupation of the premises. The premises were originally leased to the applicant by Metcash Trading Ltd on October 1993. The lease was terminated on November 30, 2013. During or in about 2012, the first respondent concluded a sale of shares agreement with the shareholders of the applicant”.
It states that the purchase price payable by Incredible Happenings Ministry for the shares and loan accounts was R14 million “which was payable in amounts” stipulated to the court on the sales of shares agreement. However, the church “apparently concluded two sublease agreements with Metcash, the first being replaced by the second in and during September 2012”.
Motsoeneng said he had entered into an agreement to purchase the building, but to his “surprise”, found he was sub-leasing it from Metcash. He said the monthly rental fee was increased from R276 000 to R576 000 which he viewed as “daylight robbery” and refused to pay until the matter was resolved. He said he left the building last month.
Source: The Citizen