A woman plagued by guilt of the past has opened up to shocking secrets of how a church paid her peanuts to fake miracles. The woman, identified as 38-year-old Margaret Hlatshwayo can no longer live with the guilt and has come out to confess. Speaking to DailySun, Margaret revealed how she sold her soul for R500 a week. "I was paid to lie to sick people who came to church for healing" she said.
According to Margaret who hails from Ivory Park near Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, she said she is terrified that God will punish her and that is why she wants to come out before it is too late. She said she heard she could get a job at a church in Jo'burg, South Africa and would be paid R500 the same day.
“I didn’t know what kind of job it was,” she said. It was when she arrived at the church that they told her the lies she had to tell to get the money. “I was told I must act in a holy way and pretend I was healed. I had to testify to living a horrible life before.”
Margaret knew what she was doing was wrong but she couldn’t resist. “I needed the money to feed my three children and I couldn’t turn down the offer so I did what they told me.” That started Margaret’s life of lying. “I lied to people and agreed to everything the pastor asked me,” she said.
“I said I was unemployed but I had recently got a job through God’s power after the pastor prayed for me. I have not had a job for the past four years. My only job was telling lies at church.” But, things changed when the pastor stopped paying her on time. “The pastor kept promising that he was going to pay me. Sometimes he would give me R300 and sometimes nothing at all.”
She said some people were lying that they were wheelchair bound before the pastor’s prayers saved them and now they could walk again. Margareth said she only did it to get the money but now her conscience is killing her. “I’m so ashamed.”
Another woman who went to the same church confirmed what Margaret said. “I was paid for two weeks but when the pastor stopped paying me, I stopped going.”
When Daily Sun spoke to the church leader, he didn’t deny he knew Margaret but he denied paying people to testify. “If you want to speak to me for information you need to come to my office. I don’t know you and I’m not prepared to talk to you any longer,” he said.