'Any attempt to regulate religions will be opposed'

The CRL Commission wants to propose that religions are regulated to stop people like the snake pastor.

FILE. A member of the End of Times Desciples Ministries in Soshanguve eats a snake during a church service. Picture: Supplied/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As leaders of the Jesuit, Muslim and Scientology religions say they'll oppose any attempts to regulate them, theologians say it's impossible to actually have laws that control religious bodies.

On Wednesday, the CRL Commission Chairperson Thoko Xaluva said she wanted to propose that religions are regulated to stop people like the Penuel ' snake pastor' Mnguni in Soshanguve.

Mnguni made headlines and came under scrutiny after asking members of his church to eat rodents and snakes.

Mnguni has been 'blessing' his followers by making them eat ants, rats, snakes and even grass.

Jesuit Institute director Father Russell Pollitt said this is a bad idea.

"I don't think that you can regulate religion at all given its many different faces."

Council of Muslim Theologians' Secretary General Moulana Ebrahim Bham agrees.

"Any idea of regulating religion will impact negatively on the freedom of religion, which is a Constitutional imperative."

And the head of the Church of Scientology in Johannesburg, Sharleen Hornitz said it won't work.

"We choose to work together without standing in judgement of other religions."

Theology professor Denise Ackermann also said this plan is simply going too far.