Sophia Chese Herald Reporter
Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya has come to the rescue of former Studio 263 actress Pretty Xaba by donating US$18 000 to enable her to undergo cancer surgery in India.
Xaba who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer two months ago needs US$20 000 for the surgery in the Asian country.
A benefit concert that was held for her recently raised US$2 400.
The initial amount required for the surgery was US$10 000, but it has doubled because Xaba now requires special treatment in and outside hospital due to her deteriorating condition.
In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Prophet Magaya said he wanted to help the actress get back to her feet.
“I want to set the record clear,” he said. “There were some false media reports indicating that I pledged US$20 000. It was not true, I prayed for her and asked her if she needed to be delivered spiritually or wanted the money to go for the surgery because there has been a number of people who came (at PHD) from India to be healed of cancer and they were healed.
“She said she wanted money for surgery, so I am giving her the money because that’s what she wants. Medicine is not a sin, but instead a blessing from God. For people who are delivered here, we ask them to bring their medical reports and they get healed.
“What we want is for Pretty to be well after the surgery. We will continue praying for her like we did before.”
Xaba’s sister-in-law, Ms Ruth Xaba and her son Peter received the money on behalf of the actress and expressed gratitude towards the gesture.
“We want to thank the man of God for what he has done to our family,” she said.
“Artistes had a fundraising show, but failed to get sufficient money. A lot of people pledged, but still it was difficult to raise the needed amount and the prophet chipped in with US$18 000. We are really grateful.”
Co-ordinator of the “Lets help Pretty Xaba campaign”, Taonga Mafundikwa thanked Prophet Magaya, saying he was relieved that the actress will finally be leaving for the surgery.
A fortnight ago artistes from all walks of life converged at the Book Café for a fundraising show for the actress popularly known by her acting names Siphilisiwe or Mai Muwengwa.
Xaba has featured in a number of local dramas including “Xola”, “Coliwe”, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s “I want a dress”, “Everyone”s Child”, “Studio 263” and “Lobola”.
She also had several roles in a number of radio productions and did educational videos for a number of organisations.