A BULAWAYO carjacker shocked a packed courtroom when he blasted Prophet Walter Magaya for allegedly delivering him from satanism and destroying his goblins which gave him money, hence leaving him with no choice but to resort to crime.
Honest Sibanda (33) appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mrs Sibongile Marondedze facing a charge of carjacking together with his accomplice Freedom Nyathi (24) last week.
Sibanda told the court that Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) founder and leader Prophet Magaya made him commit the crime because “he delivered me from the spirit of satanism”. He said after surrendering his goblins and all satanic tools, he was left poor and so stealing cars was a means of survival.
“I was a satanist spreading the word of satanism. I had goblins in my house and they used to bring me a lot of money so I was rich at that time. Prophet Magaya delivered me from the kingdom of darkness and I surrendered all the money and goblins; right now I do not have any money and the property that I own I got it from satanism.
“May the courts consider that Prophet Magaya said because I had surrendered all my satanist stuff, I would suffer as the devil wants me to die. I am poor, I suffered a lot and sometimes I could not sleep well or wake up. Due to these circumstances I was forced to steal a car in order for me to survive,” he said.
Sibanda said his wife, whom he married in South Africa, was supposed to come for deliverance but she did not attend hence she might be the reason why he hears a voice from the devil.
“My wife did not come for exorcism. I have a cobra (shaped) walking stick and sometimes I hear voices from it saying the exorcism must not be completed. I did not want to commit this crime but it was a temptation since Prophet Magaya banned me from using goblins to get money,” he said.
His accomplice, Nyathi, blamed Sibanda, for being a bad influence.
The two men were convicted and sentenced to eight years in jail. Two years were suspended for five years on condition that the two do not within that period commit any crime involving violence. The value of the stolen car and property was $4 121 and the vehicle worth $ 4 060 was recovered.