Rhema denies that Niehaus owes it money

African National Congress member Carl Niehaus does not owe Rhema money, the church said on Monday.

Spokesperson Vusi Mona in a statement clarified reports in the Star on Monday indicating that Niehaus owed the church R700 000.

”Mr Niehaus was once indebted to the church over property for which the church had stood as surety when he was its employee [and there is huge difference between standing as surety and actually loaning a person money].

”But that matter was settled immediately after Mr Niehaus had left the church’s employ,” Mona said.

He said the church was contacted by the Mail & Guardian, but it refused to ”be drawn into the story”. It also made it clear that Niehaus did not owe the church any money.

As a result of the revelations in the Mail & Guardian, criminal charges have been brought against Niehaus for allegedly forging the signatures of senior Gauteng officials, including former finance minister and current Premier Paul Mashatile, while he was at the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

Niehaus told Talk Radio 702 that he was ”under severe pressure” with a debt, reported to be R700 000, that he owed the Rhema church.

He could have been sequestrated and his former wife could have lost her house. — Sapa

Make sense of your world

Subscribe to Mail & Guardian at R10/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Just three car models make up nearly 50% of SA...

‘Toyota Quantum and HiAce vehicles are on road on a semi-full-time basis and travel more kilometres vs other models and would, thus, be exposed to more on-road conflict situations,’ the report reads

Load-shedding on the cards as Eskom prioritises maintenance

Eskom chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer says the utility will continue with planned maintenance, even at the risk of load-shedding

Reserve Bank lifts rates again as high inflation takes its...

The monetary policy committee has voted to lift the repo rate by another 25 basis points as advanced economies mull policy tightening

Counting the costs of childbirth in young girls

Among other psychosocial concerns, pre-teen and teenage births contribute to poor mother and child nutrition results

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…