Two controversial Pretoria pastors could be forced to stop practicing as men of the cloth if an investigation by National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) proves they fed congregants real snakes or petrol.
So-called “Snake Pastor” Penuel Mnguni, and Daniel Lesego, who reportedly made congregants drink petrol, have been under investigation since January, Rekord North reported.
NICSA president Bishop Daniel Matebesi said the investigation was close to completion.
Daniel Lesego heads the Rabboni Centre Ministries and Mnguni the End Times Disciples Ministries.
Motebatsi said the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CLR) was “too soft” because it allowed the two pastors to continue with their work. He said the council was worried they had been allowed to practice despite the findings of the CLR that “it was clear that people’s belief systems were abused at the two churches”.
“Those [pastors] are not representing us as people of faith. A snake is dangerous. It has poison. Petrol is also dangerous. It is something you pour in your car,” Matebesi said.
Both pastors recently appeared before the CLR to account for the conduct at their respective churches after they made headlines for feeding congregants rodents or making them ingest petrol.
“After their appearance, we began conducting our own investigation and are waiting for a report on whether it was a real snake and real petrol,” he said.
He said their investigation started in January and he hoped it would be concluded in the next few weeks.
When Lesego appeared before the CLR last year, he said he was instructed by God to give people “food for their soul” while last month, Mnguni told the CLR the rodents were chocolate, calling his action a true demonstration of God’s power that God had given people the power to turn anything into food.
Mnguni also fed congregants snakes, rats, ants, hair weaves and pieces of cloth, told them to take off their clothes and rode them as if they were horses.
“How do we know they are not still giving people petrol and snakes?” asked Matebesi.
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– Caxton News Service