Johannesburg - Followers of controversial Prophet Paseka Motsoeneng - also known as Pastor Mbhoro - came out guns blazing in support of their leader on Wednesday, saying he was chosen by God and no one could question his actions.
Motsoeneng is the pastor of Incredible Happenings, known for its non-conventional acts of healing.
His followers were speaking outside the Commission of Rights of Culture, Religious and Linguistic Communities, where Motsoeneng was appearing for the second time.
He had previously refused to hand over his financial statements to the commission, which is investigating the commercialisation of religion and the abuse of people's beliefs. It has summoned several religious organisations to appear before them.
All those summoned to the hearings were required to produce their ordination certificate, the church registration certificate, bank statements and the annual financial statements dating from 2012.
Many of Motsoeneng's followers congregated outside the Commission's offices in Johannesburg waiting for him to come out of the meeting.
Incredible Happenings member Mthandeni Dlamini said no one could judge Motsoeneng because he had helped thousands through his ministry.
Dlamini said Motsoeneng had performed miracles in front of his eyes.
“I’ve seen what he can do, I’ve seen how he helps people. He heals people with the power given by God. Most of his followers are old women and children because he has done wonders for them,” he said.
Another follower who only wanted to be identified as Senzo said all the stories written about his prophet in the media were exaggerated.
“When we hear stories about him in the media, we don’t believe them because we know he is never wrong. He is sent by God and we are happy to give him our money. Why should he have to hand over his financial records to someone who does not belong to the church? This man is building houses for old women.”
‘We don’t care what you say’
Senzo said the commission was waging war against their prophet and they would answer in kind.
“We will do whatever it takes to protect him. We don’t care what you say about him.”
Another congregant dismissed claims that his beloved pastor had used unusual acts to administer healing, including sticking his fingers in a woman's vagina.
"I heard that you [media] say he put his fingers inside a young girl. If that is the case, he was told by the most high to do that. He was performing a miracle,” Senzo told News24.
Efforts to contact the Commission were fruitless.