The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) recommends that the religious sector self-regulate and have a peer review mechanism.
The religious leaders themselves should monitor one another. We are designing a system that will allow for that to happen— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission Chairperson
Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu, CRL Rights Commission Chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says it is important for peers in the religious sector to have a forum where they can regulate themselves.
She says that the sector needs to determine whether people in their own religion are doing what is acceptable or not, and whether what is being done by people in the religious sector is according to doctrine or not.
Your old missionary type churches, they already have that peer review mechanism— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission Chairperson
Mkhwanazi-Xaluva is confident that newer and 'stand alone' churches can have peer review mechanisms, and references the success of these kind of systems on older churches.
It is only a peer review mechanism that can work. We cannot sit as the CRL and be the deciding factor across all religions— Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, CRL Rights Commission Chairperson
Since the CRL Rights Commission began its investigation into the commercialisation of religion, it faced several challenges from some churches it had summoned to appear before it.
Listen to the conversation below: