'Snake pastor' case postponed

Penuel Mnguni was arrested at the weekend after the SPCA laid charges against him.

FILE: 24-year-old Penuel Mnguni in Soshanguve claims to turn rocks into bread, snakes into chocolate and even members of his congregation into snakes. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The case against a controversial self-proclaimed Ga-Rankuwa prophet who fed snakes to members of his congregation has been postponed as court officials try to find a suitable date for his next appearance.

Penuel Mnguni, who heads the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, was arrested at the weekend after the SPCA laid charges against him.

He is been charged with animal cruelty after pictures of him feeding snakes to some members of his church.

He is currently out on bail.

The SPCA's Mishack Matlou says he is disappointed that there haven't been any conditions set for Mnguni's bail, following allegations that the self- proclaimed pastor fed rats to his congregants on Sunday.

Matlou says these practices are traumatic to children who attend the church.

"When a child sees someone eating a snake, they will be traumatised."

WATCH: 'Snake pastor' dodges media during court appearance

Mnguni was accompanied by a team of minders who shielded him from media attention with some even hurling insults at journalists.

Mnguni had been trying to avoid media attention this morning, sitting in his car while he waited for his case to be heard.

Mnguni is a disciple of another controversial pastor, Lesego Daniels, who rose to fame by making his congregants drink petrol and eat grass.

#SnakePastor Prophet Penuel is sitting in his car avoiding reporters. He's charged with animal cruelty. VM pic.twitter.com/3n5tgqMeZl