Religious leaders are controlling some SA politicians, Rights Commission told
The commission held hearings on Monday in Braamfontein on abuses within religion.
JOHANNESBURG - The CRL Rights Commission on Monday heard how some self-proclaimed prophets and apostles were controlling politicians and government.
The commission held hearings in Braamfontein on abuses within religion.
Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri fled South Africa last week after facing fraud charges.
Pastor Ramabulane Makhodo detailed the power of “spiritual fathers”. He was at one stage running a church, which he referred to as a cult.
Makhodo said even politicians and government officials attended such churches to acquire power.
“They have the spiritual power, and they have the political influence. You are dealing with a deep government within our government,” he said.
Makhado is a trained pastor but opted to open his church because he wanted to be powerful like others.
He detailed how he was trained in West Africa by what he called a secret community, and at the end of his training, he was given a pig’s head which he was told would attract followers.