The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities made several discoveries in its investigation into the commercialisation of religion.
CEO of CRL Commission Edward Mafadza says the findings reveal that there is evidence of commercialisation of religion within the religious sector.
The investigation was triggered by many reports of religious leaders performing inhumane practices on congregants like eating grass, drinking petrol, spraying with Doom, and eating snakes.
Compliance with the existing laws is a challenge for most of the institutions within the sector.— Edward Mafadza, CEO of CRL commission
Among others, the commission found that there is misuse of the visa application by foreign religious leaders, the flaunting of the banking rules, avoidance to pay tax to Sars and uncontrolled movement of cash in and out of the country.
Mafadza says at the current stage it is difficult to put laws in place that can enforce order within the religious sector.
However, the Commission is proposing an amendment to the CRL Act to allow them to deal with some of the challenges.
He says they have made recommendations to different departments like Home Affairs to enforce visa regulations as well as Sars to ensure that the religious leaders pay taxes.
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