Prosecution on the cards for "toxic" religious sector - CRL

Following an investigation conducted into the commercialization of religion and abuse of belief systems, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has recommended that all religious practitioners operating in South Africa either be registered or face prosecution if they fail to comply.

Prof David Mosoma, deputy chairperson at CRL says the investigation was initiated after the commission received complaints from members of the community of religious leaders who are abusing congregants.

He says the entire religious environment in the country was so toxic that it required the commission to intervene.

Read: CRL to amend Act to clamp down on controversial religious leaders

Some complaints emanated from pastors refusing congregants to take chronic medication, and some from the resources that were demanded in terms of requirements to pay for prayers.

Prof. David Mosoma, Deputy Chairperson at CRL

In some instances we were told that there is no financial management, no good governance, only one person in charge of the entire process from collecting the monies to banking and book keeping...

Prof. David Mosoma, Deputy Chairperson at CRL

The commission has also recommended the establishment of a peer review structure under which all pastors will be associated with.

To hear more of this interview with David Mosoma, listen below:

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Pastor Mboro: CRL chair lacks credibility, attacking charismatic faith leaders

Pastor Mboro: CRL chair lacks credibility, attacking charismatic faith leaders

Controversial Pastor Mboro has slammed the religious watchdog and questioned the credibility of its chair, after a new report.

CRL to amend Act to clamp down on controversial religious leaders

CRL to amend Act to clamp down on controversial religious leaders

CEO of CRL Commission says their investigation has revealed evidence of commercialisation of religion within the religious sector.

Families want justice for initiates' deaths

Families want justice for initiates' deaths

The CRL Commission hears testimonies from families of young men who died at initiation schools.

CRL Rights Commission: Initiation can't be men-only business when boys are dying

CRL Rights Commission: Initiation can't be men-only business when boys are dying

Commission has launched an investigate into initiation deaths where over 500 boys have died at initiation schools since 2006.

Poverty, vulnerability and social media help breed unscrupulous pastors - study

Poverty, vulnerability and social media help breed unscrupulous pastors - study

CRL Rights Commission says people who brag about their achievements should be conscious of the damage they might do to others.

Pastor makes congregants guzzle engine fluid, leaves tweeps puzzled

Pastor makes congregants guzzle engine fluid, leaves tweeps puzzled

If you thought we left pastors and their bizarre healing practices in 2016, think again.

Tiger Brands to ask 'Doom Prophet' to stop using their product

Tiger Brands to ask 'Doom Prophet' to stop using their product

Limpopo Pastor Lethebo Rabalago sprays Doom insect poison to heal congregants, saying they will be delivered from ills.

Popular articles
Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

Why Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma aren't suitable Presidential candidates: analyst

ANC branch in the Eastern Cape, Z.R Mahabana, has launched a campaign backing Lindiwe Sisuslu as an ANC presidential candidate.

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.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

14 job titles that callers can't take seriously

People do some very interesting things for a living, but some job titles are given more credit than others.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

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

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

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?