National Interfaith Council condemns ‘snake feeding’ prophet

Penuel Mnguni (24) fed his congregation snakes and claims he can turn rocks into bread.

Penuel Mnguni has made headlines and has come under scrutiny for asking members to remove their clothes before praying for them. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Interfaith Council of South Africa has condemned the actions of a so-called prophet who fed snakes to members of his congregation.

Penuel Mnguni (24) of 'The End Times Disciples Ministries' in Soshanguve claims to turn rocks into bread, snakes into chocolate and even members of his congregation into snakes.

Mnguni has made headlines and has come under scrutiny for asking members to remove their clothes before praying for them.

Images on Mnguni's Facebook page show him feeding snakes to members of his congregation as they writhe on the ground with their tongues sticking out.

The interfaith council's Reverend Thamin Mvambo says such practices are harmful to society and they commercialise religion.

"Any kind of religion that propagates ideas that are unacceptable; we cannot support that."

He says these so-called prophets don't want to engage with anybody to explain how their alleged miracles assist their followers.

"Their claims are not even founded in any scripture; [these are] things that they are actually propagating out of their own minds."

Mvambo says the state cannot intervene because there is freedom of religion in South Africa and it's up to religious leaders to self-regulate.