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Cen­tre dome to lis­ten to Roberts. He heads one of the largest in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional, non-ra­cial churches in South Africa, with 25 000 mem­bers. He is cred­ited with es­tab­lish­ing one of the first In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional non-ra­cial Churches in South Africa and called it “Chris­tian Cen­tre”.


4. Pas­tor Chris

229 986 He is a fa­mous Nige­rian tel­e­van­ge­list after all. This scan­dal-rid­den pas­tor is the found­ing pres­i­dent of Be­liev­ers’ LoveWorld In­cor­po­rated, also known as “Christ Em­bassy”, which is head­quar­tered in La­gos, Nige­ria, with a few satel­lite churches in South Africa. His church build­ing in Nige­ria is the largest in the world. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port com­piled by Forbes in 2012, his net worth is es­ti­mated at be­tween $30m and $50m and “is ac­tively in­volved in mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers, lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion, satel­lite TV, record la­bel and even real es­tate”. 5. Pas­tor Jerome Lib­erty

211 A busi­ness­man from Port El­iz­a­beth, who be­lieves he has “the heart and divine as­sign­ment to equip the Body of Christ 6. Pas­tor Vusi Dube

2 905 Per­haps most fa­mous for or­dain­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as a pas­tor in his Chris­tian eThek­weni Com­mu­nity Church and ac­cord­ing to a 2011 City Press re­port, the church is at­tended by gospel stars Re­becca Ma­lope and Hlengiwe Mh­laba, DJ Tira and L’vovo Der­rango, among oth­ers. Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the church “was formed to em­power African black peo­ple to take their po­si­tion of in­flu­ence in the global arena”.

He de­scribes him­self as “so­cially and spir­i­tu­ally savvy” but ended up butting heads with the ANC after they con­tro­ver­sially de­cided to re­move his church from Alberts Park. He an­nounced in April 2012 that he was plan­ning to spend R40m over the next five years to de­velop his church. 7. Ray McCauley

3m McCauley is a for­mer cham­pion body­builder, a for­mer Mr South Africa and was the third-placed runner-up for the Mr Universe body­build­ing cham­pi­onship in 1974. The charis­matic preacher is never far from news head­lines, hav­ing de­vel­oped a high pro­file in var­i­ous me­dia groups. The church is es­ti­mated to take in more than R70m a year in donations and you can buy a 28-minute slot dur­ing prime time on the Rhema TV sta­tion from $450. Soweto TV view­ers have long been en­ter­tained by the spec­ta­cle put on by Pas­tor Mboro, as Mot­soe­neng is known by view­ers and fol­low­ers. All these mirac­u­lous heal­ings take place at the In­cred­i­ble Hap­pen­ings Min­istry in Katle­hong, East Rand. In Fe­bru­ary it was an­nounced that Mot­soe­neng had been ar­rested by the SAPS for al­leged sex­ual as­sault of women and girls. The South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion is fol­low­ing up on com­plaint sub­mit­ted by Sonke Gen­der Jus­tice and Peo­ple Op­pos­ing Women Abuse (POWA) in June 2011. 9. Apos­tle Si­mon Mokoena

2 658 Apos­tle Mokoena, founder of the na­tion­wide Tyran­nus Apos­tolic Church, is a man of di­verse tal­ents. On his web­site, he de­scribes him­self as “an au­thor, mu­si­cian, preacher, teacher, hu­man­i­tar­ian, poet and TV pre­sen­ter”. The church was founded in 2000 in Qwaqwa in the Free State.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site the church has “seen enor­mous growth un­der my [Mokoena’s] guid­ance and lead­er­ship, and has de­vel­oped into one of the fastest-grow­ing churches in South Africa with branches in all nine prov­inces as well as neigh­bour­ing coun­tries such as Botswana, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Le­sotho, Namibia and Mozam­bique.

“The church is reg­is­ter­ing more than 5 000 new mem­bers ev­ery month and has more than 1 000 branches through­out South Africa and in the six SADC coun­tries. The church has cur­rently more than 1. 8 mil­lion reg­is­tered mem­bers.”

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