- Gideon Banda is a pastor and carpenter
- Several people claim he has failed to deliver despite being paid for carpentry services
- However, Banda insists that he's not a "crook"
Several people have claimed that a pastor, who also works as a carpenter, has duped them out of hundreds of thousands of Rands.
According to Sowetan Live, the aggrieved clients said they paid Gideon Banda up to R500,000 to install kitchen units in their homes. However, he allegedly failed to deliver.
Banda's clients learned about him through a Destiny Man magazine article published in 2016, Briefly.co.za learned. Others connected with him via Facebook.
Banda is the owner of GB Projects and Home Decor based in Kagiso, Gauteng. He regularly advertises services he offers on his Facebook page along with pictures.
Tarma Lekota and her husband said they paid Banda R160,000 for his services. They felt they could trust him because he's a pastor.
They also recommended Banda's services to a friend, Julie Ramaboea, who said she paid him R200,000 in September last year. However, they claimed Banda has not delivered to date.
Lekota said other clients had similar stories about Banda, "They think he used their money to buy expensive suits and cars."
Another client, Tebogo Ntoampe from Limpopo, said:
It's sad that Banda commits ungodly acts by taking our money with no intention to deliver. His dishonesty just shows he is not a God-fearing man.
However, Banda told Sowetan Live that he's not a crook, adding that financial constraints have prevented him from completing some of his projects.
He also denied owning a fleet of cars and confirmed that he only has one BMW.
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