Widespread debate has erupted on social media Twitter after it emerged that Grace Bible Church apparently quoted Joe Mafela’s family R89,000 to host his memorial service at the church.
Thousands of Twitter users have expressed shock at the amount GBC apparently asked the Mafela family to fork out.
The debacle unfolded as hundreds of mourners are at the Joburg Theatre to pay tribute to the late actor.
Quantum Rapists, Joe Mafela, Spur, White Bully, Grace Bible Church, 89tao, R200m. Its only March that time……Eintlek khambani?!?! pic.twitter.com/KrGjg2oeKM
— Prince Charming (@ash_mania99) March 23, 2017
Grace Bible Church out here charging R89k for a memorial? Jesus better be coming back to fetch Joe after the service. pic.twitter.com/MZvqUpXhQq
— Obi-Wan Shinobi (@Force1TG) March 23, 2017
From grace bible church to disgrace bible church real quick… pic.twitter.com/c8FPa9FiHV
— Ungovernable (@Katlego_Bortes) March 23, 2017
Grace Bible church loves attention they must just calm down why so much money for memorial service I wonder if they a church OR MMM
— Miss Faye (@Masebza_Mbovu) March 23, 2017
Black people and free services…. Grace Bible Church! pic.twitter.com/HHXhrIpdk9
— IG: KhutsoNtuli (@Khutso_Ntuli) March 23, 2017
I like how people don’t complain about “Grace Bible Church” when it charges people R30 at orlando for 3 days… but hay freedom of speech pic.twitter.com/4G4dEAPzhG
— K I N G V (@valeriekubheka) March 23, 2017
Actor Mangaliso Ngema took to social media on Wednesday to comment on a meeting that Joe’s family had with 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,” he said.
The church and Joe’s family have not yet commented on the charges.