CRL Rights Commission can’t find ‘snake pastor’

The commission has battled to issue a summons to Penuel Mnguni because his residential address is not known.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Cultural, Religious and Linguistic (CRL) Rights Commission says it has battled to issue a summons to a Soshanguve church leader who is accused of feeding his congregants snakes and rats, because his residential address is not known.

Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries made headlines earlier this year for his controversial practices.

This prompted the commission to hold hearings to investigate the commercialisation of religion and the abuse of people's faith.

The commission has apologised to church leaders for serving them with a summons, which stated that they have to attend hearings or face jail time.

Commission chair Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says the main reason for investigations is the video footage of services in the ministries lead by Mnguni and Daniel Mosuoe.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva has pleaded with those who know where Mnguni lives to inform authorities.

"We appeal to people out there, if they know where he is. Because we need to summons him."

She has warned the pastor that the commission will find him.

"We really mean business. He will be here. If he's not here after we've found his address and he's been served then section 41 will kick in."

Hearings will resume on 16 November.