Controversial 'snake pastor's' new motor miracle

There’s been outrage over pictures, first published on Facebook, showing the man known as Pastor Penuell Mnguni allegedly driving a car over the bodies of sleeping members of his congregation.

The photographs show what look like cardboard or wooden planks being placed over these two people, before he drives a car over them.

Stephen Grootes talks to Thoko Mkhwanazi Xaluva, chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion of the rights of Cultural Religious & Linguistic Communities. The Commission has been investigating these unconventional church practices.

We need to be sure whether these photos have not been photo shopped. So we are going to be issuing a summons today to ask Pastor Mnguni to come over to us and explain what was happening there.

Thoko Mkhwanazi Xaluva, Chairperson Commission for the Promotion of the rights of Cultural Religious & Linguistic Communities

Mkhwanazi says if the photographs are real, the Commission's next step will be to go to the Equality Court.

Because we feel the rights of Christians as a whole are being violated in the sense that you have the right to your religion being protected and being respected.

Thoko Mkhwanazi Xaluva, Chairperson Commission for the Promotion of the rights of Cultural Religious & Linguistic Communities

She says if it proves to be true, they want the Equality Court to make a ruling in the interim, while they wait for legislation to be passed that will protect religions from such actions.

Stephen Grootes said he was surprised Mkhwanazi had not expressed concern for the two people allegedly driven over by the car. She responded that they were willing participants. If they were not willing, they would have laid criminal charges against him.

She says in the past congregants have asked them not to interfere, as they support the actions of the church they are involved in.

Listen to the interview below:

Read More
Teacher’s union Sadtu bars hundreds of members from going to work

Teacher’s union Sadtu bars hundreds of members from going to work

Ray White interviews Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

Business Leadership SA suspends KPMG membership

Business Leadership SA suspends KPMG membership

While BLSA and Sasfin have distanced themselves from auditing firm KPMG, Goldfield Mines has chosen to stay with them.

Will Zuma's corruption charges be discussed at ANC's NEC?

Will Zuma's corruption charges be discussed at ANC's NEC?

It is still unclear whether the reinstatement of the President's corruption charges made onto the agenda of the ANC NEC meeting.

Zuma asks UN to sign and adhere to treaty banning nuclear weapons

Zuma asks UN to sign and adhere to treaty banning nuclear weapons

The President addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Gauteng Health Dept: Paramedic march, small groups that have abandoned unions

Gauteng Health Dept: Paramedic march, small groups that have abandoned unions

Paramedics in Gauteng are protesting about working long hours and not being paid for overtime.

Red flags that your child may be a victim of bullying

Red flags that your child may be a victim of bullying

In the wake of the death of a 13-year-old schoolboy, clinical psychologist helps parents identify signs of bullying.

Popular articles
Opinion:  Bishop Lekganyane is right

Opinion: Bishop Lekganyane is right

Stephen Grootes weighs in on comments made by the Zion Christian Church Bishop at the weekend.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Getting to know MP, Dr Makhosi Khoza

Dr Khoza is admired by South Africans for her role in the SABC inquiry as a ANC member of parliament.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

How to make your first million

How to make your first million

Warren Ingram discusses his new book in which he shares practical ways for ordinary people to achieve financial freedom.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

Jack Mabaso resurrected on 'Generations The Legacy'

Jack Mabaso resurrected on 'Generations The Legacy'

Will Jack Mabaso's return to the realm of Generations boost ratings? Well it seems not all viewers are impressed by the come-back.