Five religious scandals that rocked South Africa

2018-01-25 16:15
PHOTO: Prophet Bushiri Instagram

PHOTO: Prophet Bushiri Instagram

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When it comes to pastors, South Africa has definitely seen it all: from followers being sprayed with Doom to eating rats or snakes.

These infamous pastors and prophets, however, continue to have a large following despite the drama that follows them.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new scandal erupts. Here are our top five prophet controversies:

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago

Also known as the “Doom Pastor” of Mount Zion General Assembly Church, Prophet Rabalago made headlines in 2016 after pictures surfaced on Facebook of him spraying Doom on his congregations. 

According to News24, he claimed the act of spraying Doom was to heal his followers and cast out demons.

The prophet was later taken to court – where he was accompanied by his bodyguards and church members singing, “Ha reso bone mathata he Doom e teng (We have not seen challenges with Doom).”


Prophet Shepherd Bushiri

Also called The Major One, last year Prophet Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering shocked us when tickets for a gala dinner in his honour at the Pretoria Showgrounds were on sale for R1 000 to R25 000 – the closer you wanted to sit to the prophet, the more you had to pay!  


Pastor Hamilton Nala

Last year KwaZulu-Natal-based Pastor “King” Nala claimed in an interview on eNCA’s CheckPoint that he’s capable of curing homosexuality and HIV.

His claims got media personality Lerato Kganyago really worked up. “What irks me the most is that they keep taking from the poor,” she said.


Prophet Penuel Mnguni

Prophet Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, Pretoria, is well-known for his act of feeding his followers snakes – which he claims turn into chocolates.

According to ENCA, the 24-year-old pastor also claimed to have turned his church members into snakes in last May and he asked members to get naked before praying to him.


Prophet Light Monyeki 

In July last year members of Grace Living Hope Ministries in Soshanguve received a shocking revelation from Prophet Monyeki: rat poison mixed with water is an act of “the power of God”.

According to The Citizen, when the prophet was feeding his church members the poison he said: “We do not need to proclaim faith because we are believers. If nyaope boys can smoke Rattex for more than eight years, who are we? Death has no power over us.” Then he declared life from above upon the water mixed with Rattex; and spoke nourishment unto bodies and healing unto the sick.


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