JOHANNESBURG - Do churches deserve our tax money?
That's been the public debate after some Christian churches complained the lockdown has drained their coffers.
Opinions are split in the religious community, as to whether or not government should intervene.
Places of worship reopen Monday and while their prayers have been answered, some churches are calling on government to compensate them for lost offerings.
Their plea comes as the economy continues to stutter along.
Some congregants say churches should remain exempt from tax and get funds from government, while others are completely opposed to this.
Some church leaders say they should all be working together to stay afloat.
"Churches must turnaround and say how do we make our churches profitable," said Paseka Mboro Motsoeneng of Incredible Happenings Ministries.
"How do we have other ways...other wings that will support the church financially, that we empower people and people and give back. Not just take from people and misuse that money."
The South African Council of Churches says it's plotting a way forward, as this debate rages on.
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