ANC chaplain general reacts to CRL commission issue

Reverend Mehana says forcing people to testify was not the right approach.

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JOHANNESBURG - The chaplain general for the African National Congress, Reverend Vukile Mehana, says the Rights of Cultural, Religious & Linguistic Communities (CRL) should not have issued summons forcing religious leaders to testify during its probe into the alleged commercialisation of religion.

But he also says that groups which abuse people must be investigated.

Earlier this week Pastor Mbhoro Motsoeneng, from the Incredible Happenings Ministry in Katlehong, refused to discuss his finances with the commission.

Reverend Mehana says forcing people to testify was not the right way to go about this.

"You are assuming that there is something wrong that the person has done, and secondly that the person has refused to come before you voluntarily."

But he also says Motsoeneng should not be allowed to simply ignore the commission.

"We cannot condone any disrespect, by any religious leader, to a Chapter 9 institution like the CRL."

Mehana says that the South African Revenue Services is one of the organisations that should be involved in this kind of situation.