Rhema to reimburse member after withholding tithe overpayment

A member of the Rhema Bible Church has accused the church of refusing to pay back a great sum of money mistakenly deposited into their account.

Sharon paid her monthly instalment - returning her tithes as many Christians do - when she deposited more than 10 percent of her salary in January.

She has told Eyewitness News that she had approached the church multiple times until they sent her away and said she was trespassing.

Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise has more on he story.

For argument's sake we will just say she paid R20,000 instead of R2,000. The church said, unfortunately, you have to go to your bank and you are going to have to reverse it and when she did that the bank said no, you are going to have to get the ok from the church... So she went back and forth from the 27th of January.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

She says she approached the church multiple times and the church at some point sent her away, saying that she was trespassing. She even said she had tried to get in touch with the COO [church's chief operating officer] who couldn't help much and she eventually reached out to 702.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

She says it has been a very difficult month for her. She only wanted to pay 10 percent of her salary and she paid way more and as a result she couldn't pay for her bills. She says she is feeling really sad that this happened from an institution like a church that was really supposed to be looking out for her and assisting her.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

After being contacted by EWN, the church has now sent an email to Sharon assuring her that she will be reimbursed.

I reached out to the gentleman Anton Botha who I believe is the COO if not the CEO and he was very forthcoming with the information. He had said that they were having challenges with these type of situations. It is clear that Sharon is not the only person that this has happened to.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

They do say they had to do their checks and balances.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

They have even sent her an email. Now I must say, to be fair, that this email was sent after I got in touch with Anton, so I am not sure what the delay was.

Kgomotso Modise, Reporter - EWN

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