Pretoria - Controversial "snake pastor" Penuel Mnguni is back in the public eye again, this time after images of him driving over his congregants were posted on social media.
The Facebook page for his End Times Disciples Ministries showed images of Mnguni behind the wheel of a car, driving over two people outside the Kameelrivier B stadium hall on June 3.
The text accompanying the pictures said they showed a "demonstration of power".
"The man of God Prophet Penuel demonstrated the power of God by running over two... congregants: He commanded both of the members to sleep followed by moving the car over them," the post said.
"The man of God then commanded them to wake up while the car was on top of their bodies. He then asked them if they felt any pain and their response was 'we do not feel anything'.
"Prophet Penuel proceeded by reversing the car back and again he commanded them to wake up. By amazement they stood up and began to dance and praise God together with the rest of the congregants."
Mnguni has previously been criticised for having his flock nibble on a snake, and bite off part of a rat’s tail.
Other posts on the Facebook page included one from June 4, where he "commanded a young lady from the congregation to become a white horse, and he began to ride the horse. Moments after he commanded the lady to come back to her normal state of human being".
A photo accompanying that post shows him sitting on the woman while she is on her hands and knees.
'Spirit of the snake'
According to a June 5 post, Mnguni commanded his congregants to "fall asleep" before jumping on them.
“Moments after, the Man of God climbed on top of a big speaker then he jumped on top of them. He then commanded them to wake up, he asked them if they felt any pain. To their amazement they had witnessed that they felt no pain."
On August 9 last year, the Economic Freedom Fighters allegedly set the pastor's tent in Soshanguve alight. The party said they led a march to the tent, but that local residents had torched it.
About two weeks later, he claimed to have made congregants speak Nigerian and Chinese.
Mnguni "commanded the sheep to come to the front" and instructed the "spirit of the snake to enter them", according to the Facebook page.
"They started moving like snakes and behaving like snakes. He then sent them to go to Nigeria and they started to speak like Nigerians. He further demonstrated by sending them into the water and commanded them to swim. They all started swimming and behaving like the different creatures living under the sea," according to the page.
In October last year, the CRL Rights Commission held hearings on dubious religious practices, with the aim of making recommendations to Parliament on changing the law.
The commission’s investigation was initiated following a flurry of complaints, including one from the SA Council of Churches, against pastors Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Ministries, and Mnguni. The commission failed to get Mnguni to appear.