Congregants pray in tongues for bishop Zondo

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Johannesburg - Followers of controversial bishop Stephen Zondo started praying in tongues outside the offices of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities on Tuesday.

The congregation of about 2 000 from the Living Waters Ministry marched to the offices in Johannesburg to hand over the church's annual financial statements.

They started praying when Zondo entered the building for a meeting with the commission.

Some of his followers were crying, while others were shaking uncontrollably.

Before entering the commission offices, Zondo addressed the media.

He questioned why he had to submit the church's financial statements to the commission, claiming he had done nothing to warrant this.

"They don't tell me what is my crime.

"If they need the money let them come to church, here are the people... I don't bank money for the church... the church council has those documents. They [the commission] have a hidden agenda to... insult me in the media," he said.

Zondo took the opportunity to speak out against pastors who made their congregants drink petrol or eat snakes.

"Personally I went to my brother [Lesego Daniel] and I said petrol was meant for automobiles not humans."

Pastor Lesego Daniels claimed that petrol could be turned into pineapple juice and said drinking it would help "connect to God".

He also made congregants eat grass.

End Times Disciples Ministries pastor Penuel Mnguni made his congregants eat snakes.

At the time the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said it would investigate some South African churches and traditional healing practices.

Zondo said that after speaking to Daniels he agreed not to do it again.

"There are certain things that we don't agree on and he agreed that he won't do this again... when we talk about snakes there are bones there and we don't know what these bones will do to a human body," he said.

"As a pastor I am not a doctor, he [Mnguni] does not know what will happen if a man eats a snake... I oppose this practice 100%. Don't do anything harmful to humanity."

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