SACC: Snake pastor's actions are immoral

Penuel Mnguni has been charged for feeding rats and snakes to his congregation.

FILE: Penuel Mnguni claims to turn rocks into bread, snakes into chocolate and even members of his congregation into snakes. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is convening a meeting today to discuss what it calls the unethical practices by a so-called prophet in Soshanguve who made members of his congregation eat small animals and reptiles.

Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries has been blessing his followers by making them eat ants, rats, snakes and even grass.

Mnguni was arrested last month and released on R1,500 bail after the SPCA laid charges of animal cruelty against him.

The SACC's Joe Seoka said Mnguni's actions are immoral.

"There is no supportive evidence of what he is doing; it's all about himself and I think he is taking advantage of people's poverty," said Seoka.

He added that he had an obligation to address the issue.

"He is trying to create the impression that he is some kind of messiah; he believes he's got Godly powers that others do not have and we need to engage him and see what exactly is in his mind."

Mnguni has reportedly said he would not stop doing God's work.