PASTOR MAKES CONGREGATION EAT SNAKE
By: Samkele Sokhela
Congregants from different Mariannhill churches near Pinetown, have reacted with shock and disgust to allegations of a Pretoria pastor who allegedly asked his church members to eat a live snake.
Pictures of Prophet Penuel Mnguni’s actions during a service at his church, End Times Disciples Ministries church in Soshanguve north of Pretoria, went viral on social media this past week.
Mariannhill churchgoers described his actions as evil and blasphemous.
Ziphezakhe Zulu (51) from a Shembe church, said that the nation needs an immediate prayer to stop and prevent such “evil acts”.
“How could you say a snake tastes like a sweet? (Referring to Mnguni’s followers who said that the snake tasted like chocolate). The bible warned us and said that we must be aware of fake and evil pastors and I think that man (Mnguni) is one of them,” concluded Zulu.
Another worshipper from the St. Xavier Roman Catholic church, Mpumelelo Nyathikazi (39), said that she has never heard of anyone eating a snake, and said she was amazed when she read about it in a newspaper.
“That was purely evil and satanic. I mean out of all the animals in the world that pastor could’ve chosen, why make people eat a snake?,” Nyathikazi asked.
A Roman Catholic pastor, Thembinkosi Zondi (43), agreed that making people eat a snake was evil.
“Pastors shouldn’t take advantage of the bible. There’s no quotation from the bible that states that people must be given reptiles to eat. The pastor’s actions were against the lord,” said Zondi.
It was reported in the Daily Sun on Sunday that a charge of cruelty to animals was opened by the Tshwane SPCA against Mnguni.