The CRL lays charges against Prophet ‘Mboro’

The CRL laid criminal charges against the prophet after he failed to present his church’s financial records.

Controversial prophet Paseka 'Mboro' Motsoeneng. Picture: Paseka Mboro Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Religion watchdog, the Commission for Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) says controversial prophet Paseka 'Mboro' Motsoeneng faces the possibility of spending a year behind bars for failing to provide them with his church's financial documents.

The commission laid criminal charges against the prophet at the Hillbrow Police Station yesterday.

It launched hearings last November to investigate the commercialisation of religion and the abuse of people's beliefs, after videos showing pastors from different churches making congregants drink petrol and eat snakes.

The CRL says it's now up to the courts to decide what happens to prophet Motsoeneng.

The commission's chair, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, says, "According to the Act, he may go to jail for a year, and/or be fined. So it's up to the courts what they want to do about it."

The police's Noxolo Khweza has confirmed that the case is being investigated.

"I can confirm that a case has been opened against him."

Pastors from various churches including the Rhema Bible Church and Grace Bible church were asked to hand over their financial statements when hearings started last year, but "Mboro" has still not filed the documents.