Joe Mafela’s family were forced to make other arrangements for his memorial service after the Grace Bible Church allegedly quoted them R89 000 to host his memorial service on Thursday. Mafela passed away in a car accident on Saturday.


Actor Mangaliso Ngema took to social media accusing the church of overcharging the family to use its premises in Soweto. Ngema claims the head of the church, Pastor Mosa Sono offered the family a discount of R10 000.

In response to the claims, the church has released a statement explaining that it would not be drawn into the matter.

“GBC (Grace Bible Church)  reserves the right to discuss the terms with families and organisers as it standard with other facilities and does not comment publicly on such issues which can only be disclosed by organisers or families,” it said.

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It added that it is a non profit organisation whose facilities are funded by church members to serve their needs. The church says it does not charge its members for the use of its facilities while members of the public are allowed to use the facilities when they are available at a cost. This would include overheads such as the audio visual equipment and operators.

“Communities in which the organisation operates sometimes request to use the church facilities and their requests are handled by the facilities division. They then quote based on the request,” the church said.

South Africans took to social media to voice their shock at the claims made by Ngema.


Mafela’s memorial service is underway at the Johannesburg Theatre.