Prophet Kupiso, whose church is called Real Vision Of Christ Ministries, sells his magic muthi for R3 300 to the public and
R1 000 to his congregation. What people don’t know is that Kupiso, whose real name is Thandile Madikazi, was found guilty of fraud in Joburg five years ago.
Pensioner Nokulunga Giyose (68) from Alice did not know about Kupiso’s past when she went to his church last year.
“He later came to my house and said there was a snake inside. He went to the bedroom alone and came out carrying a huge snake. He killed the snake and said I must pay R220,” said Nokulunga.
He repeated the performance twice more, and the last time he demanded R46 000. Nokulunga told Daily Sun she paid him.
“Then one day the prophet came here carrying a suitcase. He said there was R9,5 million for me but the money was wet so I had to give him R250 000 to dry it out.
“I wanted to go to the bank to borrow money but one of my kids suspected it was a scam and warned me,” she said.
The prophet’s receptionist, Bulelwa Ganto, said: “People with HIV got healed after using the prophet’s holy water for a week.”
Daily Sun phoned Kupiso for comment. He replied with a threatening SMS: “I promise I won’t let you free until you eat dust. I will finish you.”
Marcus Louw from the Treatment Action Campaign said ARVs are the only proven medication for HIV.
Lieutenant Khaya Tonjeni said a case of fraud was opened at the Alice Police Station.