Following the collapse of a section of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) , a South African journalist and author, Jacques Pauw has said that the founder of the church, prophet TB Joshua, who he describes as one of Africa’s most influential people, attempted to bribe him in a 2001 interview, according to a report by EWN.
This comes on the heels of allegations that the controversial clergy man tried bribing some journalists who came to report on the collapsed building.
Pauw who authored an expose on the SCOAN, “Profit of Doom”, claimed Joshua tried treid bribing he and his television crew when he accompanied late Wium Basson to the church for healing. He said: “Basson was dying of liver cancer and while he was there, the prophet refused to pray for him. He obviously realised that it was going to be bad publicity for him and then he handed an envelope full of $100 notes to me and the sound person. We told him we couldn’t accept it and he said it was a gift from God.” he also said he believed that that was Joshua’s mode of operation.
Pauw also said Joshua was shifty when jhe was to be interviewed and wasn’t forth coming.
“It was difficult to find out where he comes from, how much money he has and how much power he wields. The church is also very suspicious because after we broadcast the documentary, there was a campaign against us in Nigeria. On their website, we were described as the disciples of the devil.”
He also claimed to have been kept in the church and was not allowed to leave the premises.
Joshua was recently named as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by the Africa Report magazine and has played host to several African leaders, including Joseph Banda of Malawi and the late John Atta-Mills of Ghana.