Con­tro­ver­sial ‘prophet’ asks woman to get into freezer

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NTANDO MAKHUBU

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL “prophet” Penuel Mn­guni is mak­ing news again post­ing pic­tures of peo­ple he locked in­side a freezer to “demon­strate the power of God”.

In pic­tures posted on his End Times Dis­ci­ples Min­istries web­site, Mn­guni de­scribed his in­struc­tion to the woman and then a man, who could be seen get­ting into the freezer.

“The Man of God… while min­is­ter­ing about of­fences which causes God not to per­form, com­manded a young lady to en­ter a deep re­frig­er­a­tor that was on a high freez­ing point,” read a post from last week Sun­day’s ser­vice.

Mn­guni was re­ported to have com­manded both to sleep, and when he opened the freezer 30 min­utes later, the two mem­bers of his con­gre­ga­tion woke up.

“He asked the lady who had ice on her body what was hap­pen­ing, and she said it had been very hot in­side the re­frig­er­a­tor and she didn’t feel any cold­ness.”

That was tes­ta­ment to the power of God, Mn­guni wrote, but some so­cial me­dia com­men­ta­tors did not take too kindly to it, call­ing it trick­ery.

“The spirit of dis­cern­ment is so very im­por­tant guys,” Norma Kay wrote on Face­book. She ques­tioned the pur­pose of the “mir­a­cle.

Tshikhuthula Tshi­man­gadzo Glen said: “All I see here is a dan­ger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble act of magic.”

He asked why Mn­guni did not rather pray for the sick and save the world. Bunny Banzi Mametja ac­cused Mn­guni of prac­tis­ing witch­craft, and said there was noth­ing good in the acts of last Sun­day. “It’s about steal­ing from the poor and rob­bing them blind,” he said.

But others were full of praise for the young pas­tor, who rose to fame by feed­ing con­gre­gants snakes and other small an­i­mals, in­struct­ing them to eat grass and drink petrol in Soshanguve last year.

He be­came in­fa­mous as he gar­nered a big­ger fol­low­ing of largely fe­male con­gre­gants.

He was ac­cused of brain­wash­ing poor and des­per­ate peo­ple, and he at­tracted the anger of the Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Cul­tural, Re­li­gious and Lin­guis­tic Com­mu­ni­ties.

Chair­woman Thoko Mkhwanazi- Xaluva said he had to be reined in be­fore he wreaked havoc.

His mind games were so ef­fec­tive he could “or­der peo­ple to strap bombs to their bod­ies and blow up malls and other pop­u­lated ar­eas”, she sug­gested.

Last month, Mn­guni drove over two peo­ple dur­ing a week­end ser­vice in Mpumalanga, and boasted of be­ing the anointed one in re­sponse to Mkhwanazi-Xaluva’s calls for him to face the Equal­ity Court.

A blog­ger known only as Re­filwe asked why a freezer had been in the church, and the over­whelm­ing re­sponse from Mn­guni’s fol­low­ers was to ask that she and others con­cen­trate on the mir­a­cles on dis­play.

One of the con­gre­gants at Pas­tor Penuel Mn­guni’s church in­side a deep freezer dur­ing a church ser­vice.

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