Prophet Walter Magaya who embraced seven dancers in the glare of publicity has quietly dumped them.
His Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) has withdrawn the dancers allowances after Bev Sibanda quit the church and returned to the dance floor. The dancers, who were not part of Bev's Sexy Angels, were receiving about US$100 for rentals and about US$50 for food each since they had confessed in church that they had resorted to dancing in nightclubs to earn a living. Bev's move back to the dirty dancing floor is said to have angered Prophet Walter Magaya of PHD and his advisors to the extent that they are said to have abandoned the project of rehabilitating female dancers and commercial sex workers.
However, what has stung the seven dancers the most is that one of Bev's former sidekicks, identified only as Elena, who refused to return to nightclubs with her former employer to remain in the church, is still enjoying her benefits.
"I do not know whether to be angry at the prophet for grouping us with Beverly's dancers that left the church or to be upset with Bev herself for leaving the church in the first place. We were adjusting to better, cleaner lives while we received those monies, but now we are forced to find ways of earning a living," said one of the dancers who refused to be named as she is still part of the church.
The dancer, who hopes that the prophet will have a change of heart and resume giving them allowances, says she feels there is favouritism at play.
"It does not make sense that now we have to pay for Beverly's sins. To make matters worse we are the only group that has been affected by this, because Elena is still being looked after while three self-confessed commercial sex workers that were also benefitting got US$500 each to start small businesses," she complained.