Prophet Sheperd Bushiri’s church, the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) in Pretoria, has been ordered to pay a whopping R600,000 (K30 million) to a supplier whose contract the church had suddenly cancelled.
According to reports, ECG has been told to pay the money as a month’s notice to the businessman who used to supply the church with giant outdoor mobile screens and other technical services.
The supplier, a Johannesburg businessman Kagiso Moima who owns Blackmotion Production CC, took the church – described in papers as a non-profit organisation – to court after his lucrative agreement, which at one stage earned him R160,000 (K8 million) per week, was suddenly cancelled in June this year.
Moima asked the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to enforce his agreement with the church which he claimed was valid until March next year and to interdict the church from using anyone else for the supply of technical services.
The matter was settled when the church agreed to pay R600,000 for a month’s notice and to buy equipment from him.
It is said Moima in October last year concluded an agreement to provide giant screens where the church had an overflow of people during services which are held three times per week at its premises in Pretoria.
Blackmotion was initially paid R30,000 (K1.5 million) per week, but the agreement was later expanded to include other technical services at a cost of R160,000 (K8 million) per week.
Moima claimed there had been an agreement that he would provide the services until the church moved to its new building in Midland next year.
But the businessman was shocked when the church’s pastor, Fritz Pretorius, told his employees their services were no longer required.