This comes after a manhunt was launched to find Mnguni, who calls himself a prophet.
Ga-Rankuwa police spokesperson Captain Rheineth Motlana said Mnguni was arrested outside his End Times Disciples Ministries church in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, Rekord North reported.
In the pictures uploaded on social media, the pastor can be seen holding a snake while preaching. He further helps some of the congregants, a man and a woman, to open their mouths in anticipation of the snake.
“Police returned several times to the church to try and find him. When they returned for the third time they found him outside and arrested him,” Motlana said.
The arrest followed after the Tshwane SPCA opened a case of animal cruelty against Mnguni. Mnguni fed his congregation live snakes, telling them they would turn into Chomp chocolates.
SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou criticised the pastor’s actions.
“This pastor says he wants to show the power of God by using snakes and we as the SPCA are against this. We have asked pastors to help raise awareness against animal cruelty and pastor Penuel is doing the opposite,” he said.
“He (the pastor) has now been charged with animal cruelty and will appear in court on Monday,” Motlana added.
The pastor was released on R1500 bail.
– Caxton News Service