No­to­ri­ous ‘prophet’ turns up in Lim­popo

Feeds con­gre­gants cock­roaches

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THE con­tro­ver­sial prophet no­to­ri­ous for feed­ing con­gre­gants snakes, hu­man hair and pieces of cloth is back to his old tricks.

Not only has Prophet Penuel Mn­guni resur­faced in an­other prov­ince, but he is now feed­ing fol­low­ers cock­roaches and a “poi­sonous” flower in a “demon­stra­tion of God’s power”. He also stuck his fin­gers into bot­tles of wa­ter brought to him by con­gre­gants.

On Novem­ber 3, Mn­guni hosted an all-night prayer at his church, The End Times Dis­ci­ples Min­istries. Videos and pic­tures from the ser­vices were later posted on Face­book.

One post reads: “You shall drink poi­son and it will not harm you.”

“As the man of God demon­strated this mys­tery of the cock­roach turn­ing into cheese and spice, Apos­tle Tom­pane Eans from Lim­popo came for­ward, say­ing he also wanted to eat.

“The man of God then took a poi­sonous flower and prayed upon it and gave it to Apos­tle Tom­pane to eat. As Apos­tle Tom­pane ate, he said it tasted like no or­di­nary food; he en­joyed it to the ex­tent that he asked to eat the whole flower alone, and fin­ished it…” the post read in part.

How­ever, Tom­pane could not later be traced.

Mn­guni was kicked out of Soshanguve, north of Pre­to­ria, af­ter he was ex­posed for feed­ing peo­ple snakes, hair and cloths, among other things.

He has now resur­faced in Kameel­riv­ier, near Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, and made head­lines when he al­legedly drove a car over two con­gre­gants, with nei­ther sus­tain­ing in­juries.

He also “rode” peo­ple like horses and claimed to have turned a gay man straight.

In a post from Oc­to­ber, the church said while min­is­ter­ing, Mn­guni fed two con­gre­gants, who were broth­ers, a cock- roach. One of them, Charles Tema, is al­leged to have said the cock­roach tasted like cheese, while his brother al­legedly said it tasted like spices.

In­de­pen­dent News got hold of Tema, who yes­ter­day ad­mit­ted to hav­ing eaten a cock­roach.

“I ate a cock­roach dur­ing a demon­stra­tion of God’s power from above, and it tasted like Mel­rose cheese mixed with cu­cum­ber. I eat any­thing that I see as food. I eat any­thing that I want to eat, whether grass or flow­ers (at home)... It has never af­fected me and it will never af­fect me. When you eat some­thing by faith, it will never af­fect you.”

He re­ferred re­porters to Ro­mans 14, say­ing a faith­ful per­son could do any­thing.

Tema said he had been a mem­ber of the church for more than a year, and that the “spirit of God led him to the church.”

“The spirit of God works in that place,” Tema said.

The Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Cul­tural, Re­li­gious and Lin­guis­tic Com­mu­ni­ties (CRL Rights Com­mis­sion) tabled its re­port in Par­lia­ment this year, in which it rec­om­mended that churches be reg­u­lated.

Ha­bit­ual

Chair­woman Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva yes­ter­day said it was im­por­tant to have a peer re­view mech­a­nism to deal with pas­tors like Mn­guni.

“He (Mn­guni) is a ha­bit­ual of­fender… The right thing would be to tell him that he was not fit to be a pas­tor,” Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said.

She said the re­view mech­a­nism was about “pro­tect­ing poor and des­per­ate peo­ple who are be­ing abused”.

“We can­not spend money to in­ter­dict peo­ple and then they move on to do some­thing else, and we must in­ter­dict them again.”

An of­fi­cial from the church promised to get Mn­guni to re­spond, but the church or Mn­guni had not done so by print dead­line.

PIC­TURE: FACE­BOOK

South African pas­tor, Penuel Mn­guni, feeds a mem­ber of his church cock­roach and flow­ers.

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