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Blast from the pastor: UK charity bans SA man for ‘splurge’


Blast from the pastor: UK charity bans SA man for ‘splurge’

FREE TO READ | Martin Phelps booted for allegedly funding luxury holidays with church credit cards and petty cash

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An SA pastor, who allegedly used more than R1m from the credit cards and petty cash of a former London church to go on luxury European family holidays, has been barred for 10 years from holding any managerial position within any UK-based charities.

Last Monday, the UK’s First Tier Tribunal (Charity) slapped the ban on Martin Phelps, who, along with his wife Sandy Phelps, established the Rhema Church London in 1991.

The prohibition followed Phelps’s appeal in August against a decision in January by the Charity Commission for England and Wales to disqualify him from being a trustee or holding a senior management position within any charity for 12 years...

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