On 29 January 2016, it was reported on the eNCA website that the controversial pastor whose congregants ate snakes has failed to appear before the Commission for the Protection of Cultural and Religious Rights pertaining to the Chapter 9 institution is investigating the alleged commercialisation of religion and the abuse of beliefs.
Another article mentions that the “Snake pastor vanishes into thick green grass” – Like you, I was bewildered…it went on to say Mnguni, who gained notoriety after feeding his congregants snakes, rats and weaves, is being sought by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Communities.
Mnguni, who operated his church in Extension 13 in Soshanguve, Pretoria, was exposed in July for feeding his followers snakes. As weeks went by, he started feeding them rats, pieces of cloth and human hair. Mnguni then moved to Ayanda Primary School hall, where community members also chased him away.
However the Times Live mentions on 11 February 2016 that Mnguni appeared before the cultural, religious and linguistic community rights watchdog to answer complaints that his church had brought Christianity into disrepute.
According to a Daily Sun report, chairperson of the commission, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva “congratulated the pastor on his vast knowledge of the Bible and told him to use it to benefit others.”
Mnguni’s church made headlines in July last year after pictures went viral showing him feeding a live snake to his congregation. He was subsequently arrested and released on charges of animal cruelty.
I read from an unsubstantiated source that the pastor ascended into heaven this morning, some as far as Pretoria say that they witnessed a flash of light and others confirm the light and assumed it to be a UFO. Is pastor Mnguni still on earth?