Surge in unregistered religious leaders in SA

The CRL Rights Commission launched a probe after complaints that some pastors have been using dangerous healing methods.

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JOHANNESBURG - The CRL Rights Commission has found there are many unregistered religious leaders in the country who are using cult-like methods to lure congregants.

The commission launched an investigation following complaints that some pastors have been using dangerous healing methods.

The religious watchdog has made several findings following its probe.

Commission chairwoman Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said, “We have seen a high number of unregistered religious institutions and there’s also a high surge in the number of both local and foreign religious leaders.”

She says the total lack of accountability in the religious sector is deeply worrying.

“People are not accountable, they say we account to God and they told us no one on earth can ask them any questions.”

The report by the CRL Commission and its recommendations have been handed over to Parliament.