- R115 has vanished from a prominent church's vaults
- This has sparked a legal tussle
- Church elders and children of the late Glayton Modise want control over the church's funds
Elders of a prominent church and children of the church's former leader are locked in a protracted legal battle over missing R115m.
International Pentecost Holiness Church (IPHC) elders are pitted against Tshepiso Modise and Jeanette Khumalo, who are the children of the church's former leader, the late Glayton Modise.
According to sowetanlive.co.za, the elders, led by pastor Joshua Bambo, claim in court papers that Jeanette has been transferring funds from the church's accounts to a private account.
The elders therefore want a court order granting them access to the church's account and to remove Jeanette as a signatory.
They argue that Jeanette and her brother Tshepisho have treated the church like a family business since their father's passing.
In papers filed in her defence, Jeanette says she was made signatory lawfully and the IPHC is audited regularly.
She further accuses Pearl Tafu, her late father's second wife, of being behind the disappearance of R115 million from the IPHC's headquarters' vaults.
She claims pastor Bambo is aligned to Tafu, who is allegedly bitter because she did not inherit anything from the late Modise's estate because their marriage "wasn't recognised."
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