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SA ‘snake pastor’ grilled by human rights investigators

SA ‘snake pastor’ grilled by human rights investigators

South African pastor Penuel Mnguni, above, of The End Times Disciples Ministries, was summoned this week to to answer charges that he fed his congregation live snakes, rats, synthetic hair and ants.

Known as the “snake pastor”, Mnguni stands accused by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) of violating the Bill of Rights by forcing his followers to perform “undignified acts” during church services.

Deputy Chairperson of  the CRL Rights Commission David Mosoma said:

No religion should belittle people and undermine people’s dignity. It is unacceptable behaviour to feed the congregation rats, snakes and hair as Mnguni has done before. His actions contravene the Bill of Rights.

On Wednesday, Mnguni appeared before the CRL Rights Commission in Braampark, which was probing complaints laid against him in 2015.

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Mosoma said the commission demanded information from Mnguni about his church’s background, qualifications and formal registration certificate.

One of our main concern is what exactly compelled him to feed his congregations snakes and rats. His answer to us was that his actions were endorsed by the Holy spirit.

Last year Mnguni was arrested then released on R1,500 bail after the SPCA laid charges of animal cruelty against him. Shortly after, his church was destroyed by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party.

They disrupted a service, saying they wanted Mnguni to eat the snakes and rats he had been feeding his congregation. They then burnt the tent.

Mnguni was not present at the time. Later, according to this report, he went on the run.

Although there has been much opposition to the the pastors’ unconventional style of worship, hundreds of congregants are demanding that CLR end their investigation and let their pastors exercise their freedom of religion.

The CLR, which is probing abusive and exploitive religious practices has also summoned pastor Lesego Daniel of the Rabboni Centre Ministries, who is known for inducing his congregants to eat grass and drink gasoline. Mnguni is believed to be Daniel’s understudy.

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Hat tip: Ate Berga

10 responses to “SA ‘snake pastor’ grilled by human rights investigators”

  1. Nyami says:

    If the bible and all its fantastic tales is really the guiding texts for Christianity then how is what Mnguni doing wrong. If people are allowed to claim they have been called by God and have been divinely appointed to tell people how God wants then to conduct their personal affairs how do you decide that God did not call Mnguni to show his power that people can eat snakes (perhaps as a symbolic act of defeating the talking snake of Eden)? I just pray then that Mnguni stands his ground and be allowed all the liberties to practice his faith and for his followers to continue having their right to believe him. Let’s just let the circus continue if we are willing to entertain some other spiritual or faith claims.

  2. Broga says:

    This is almost as bad as eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood. The supplies of these seem to be infinite.

  3. CoastalMaineBird says:

    No religion should belittle people and undermine people’s dignity.
    And no people should belittle themselves and surrender their dignity to join a religion.
    Oh, wait…. that’s pretty much a requirement, isn’t it?

  4. CoastalMaineBird says:

    known for inducing his congregants to eat grass and drink gasoline.

    What possesses people to abandon reason in such a manner?

    Is there someone who has done this and came out thinking “that was a good idea – I’m better off now!”
    ?

  5. L.Long says:

    Sorry NO SYMPATHY to the sheeple!!!
    Some advice to sheeple….You think the con man is doing wrong? Then stand up, grow up, and tell him to piss off and then walk away!!!!
    OH! But I can’t because (insert lame excuses)! So now they hold the preacher (con man) up to charges cuz the sheeple have no balls!!!
    Sorry! But until the con men start pointing guns at people to force them or shoot them, I put the blame right square on the sheeple.
    A woman in isLame who does not follow the rules is KILLED!!! Now that is being FORCED to do something!!!

  6. AgentCormac says:

    ‘His answer to us was that his actions were endorsed by the Holy spirit.’

    Hearing disembodied voices and believing them to be real are classic symptoms of schizophrenia. So we can ascertain that Mnguni almost certainly has some serious mental health problems – but what about the people who followed his instructions?

  7. Justin Badby says:

    Two comments.

    He is a crook and needs locking up.

    He idiots who follow him need a damn good slap in the face … fucking wake up.

  8. Justin Badby says:

    Nice chap the holy spirit.

  9. Laura Roberts says:

    “No religion should belittle people and undermine people’s dignity.” Um, isn’t that the very definition of religion?

    Telling people they are born of sin is about as belittling as it gets. Hell, saying “we are God’s chosen people” is belittling. Telling people to get on their knees, bow their heads or prostrate themselves three times daily certainly undermines their dignity.

  10. barriejohn says:

    If the bible and all its fantastic tales is really the guiding texts for Christianity then how is what Mnguni doing wrong.

    I couldn’t agree more! If the Archbishop of Canterbury is really a disciple of the living, risen Lord Jesus, then why is he not handling venomous snakes, walking on water, moving mountains by prayer, healing the sick, raising the dead, and so on and so forth?

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)