When Khulisani Moyo consulted prophetess Sidelile Masera Moyo (43) of Induna Barracks in Bulawayo at her shrine in Donnington West intending to sell his car, he did not know he had fallen in the hands of a criminal.
According to reports, during a prayer session in which congregants lined up to be prayed for, Khulisani, who was desperate to sell his car after failing to find a buyer on numerous occasions, knelt before Sidelile and asked her to pray for him.
After about two days, Khulisani returned to the shrine, overjoyed, to announce that he had sold the car. He informed the “woman of God” that the car had cost $2 200 USD.
Sidelile, the cunning one, instructed him to wrap the money in white and black cloth and bring it back for prayers.
Sidelile is said to have told her client that she would keep the money for three days and pray over it to cast out the evil spirits, B Metro reports.
Gullible beyond belief, Khulisani complied.
After three days when he returned to collect his money he was told to come the following day.
She kept telling him to return the following day every time he went to collect his money- ostensibly because strong evil spirits held sway over it- until the scales fell of Khulisani’s eyes and he realised he had been duped.
Eventually, the prophetess confessed she had used US$1700 to settle her debts and was left with US$500.
Initially, she had intimated that God had spent the money.
She told Khulisani to return the following day and repeated the pattern of asking him to return the next day.
The dissatisfied congregant finally reached the conclusion that “God was not in it” and reported Sidelile to the police.
On Tuesday Sidelile appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja facing a theft charge.
She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, three months were suspended on condition that she does not commit a similar offence within a period of five years.
A further four months were suspended on condition that she restitutes Khulisani US$1700.
The remaining five months were suspended on condition that she performs 175 hours of community service