Parly urged to implement commission's findings on religious practices

The commission released its report on Tuesday warning that people’s lives are in danger if religious practitioners are not regulated.

Religious watchdog the CRL Rights Commission briefing the media on its report on the commercialisation of religion. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The CRL Rights Commission has called on Parliament to urgently implement its recommendations in order to stop what it calls the commercialisation of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems.

The commission released its report on Tuesday, warning that people’s lives are in danger if religious practitioners are not regulated.

The CRL Rights Commission has made many recommendations to Parliament which will require some legislative amendments in order to ensure that religious practices are in line with the law.

Chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says: “For us to take the licence away from you, you should have one. Otherwise, how are we going to stop you when you do unusual things.”

She says that peer review committees and umbrella bodies will be established to monitor conduct.

“Every worship centre and practitioner must be registered with an umbrella organisation.”

The commission says that these institutions will be accredited by the CRL Commission to ensure that religious leaders are thoroughly vetted.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)