KZN Pastor causes frenzy

2017-10-04 14:21
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South Africa is no stranger to outrageous acts of faith in the form of pastors who claim that they have supernatural powers. From pastors who have made their congregants eat grass and rats, to pastors who have made people drink petrol and who can ever forget the infamous DOOM pastor?

A pastor that calls himself King Nala claims that he can cure homosexuality and HIV. The KZN-based pastor caused a frenzy on social media after an episode that featured him on Checkpoint aired on Tuesday night. People were upset over the so called  ‘bogus’ pastors that capitalise off Christianity.

“He calls himself King Nala. I feel sorry for my people “worshipping” these bogus pastors. God let them see the light” @Karabo_Mokgoko wrote. “He has 30 000 members. Holy water is 40 rands... so 40×30 000= 1 200 000... so this guy makes a million from tap water!” @lucky33samuels questioned.

Radio and TV personality, Lerato Kganyago joined in the conversation and pointed out that the poor are the ones who are most disadvantaged when it comes to bogus pastors. “What irks me the most is that they keep taking from the poor! #Checkpoint” she tweeted.

In mid-August this year, a gathering of LGBTI activists protested outside the self-proclaimed prophet’s church, Nala Mandate International, and promised to approach the Equality Court after the pastor claimed that his ‘holy water’ could cure homosexuality.

“It’s nature. By saying he can heal us, he is proclaiming he is mightier than God because God created us the way we are.” Hlengiwe Buthelezi, chairperson of KZN LGBT Recreation, told The Mercury. Two months later, the pastor is still adamant in spreading his message about his supernatural powers.

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