“We welcome the arrest of pastor Penuel Mnguni, who has used religion to abuse innocent people. Making them eat animals is wrong and exposing them to diseases. We welcome the arrest, and I am hoping he does not carry on with his antics,” said Meshoe.
This after pictures circulated on social media showing the pastor, 24, holding a snake while preaching. He further helps some of the congregants, a man and a woman, to open their mouths in anticipation of the snake.
Mnguni told the Tshwane SPCA he did not keep snakes but said he would grab one and take it to church whenever he came across it, even lizards, as God gave him power to turn these into chocolates.
Tshwane SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou said: “What we saw in the pictures was cruel. Imagine being eaten alive? We are happy because the suspect is facing the music. We are much disappointed of the prophetic act.”
“We expect to see the prophet teaching his congregation about love and not cruelty to creatures. We hope the case will set an example to many animal abusers,” he added.
Matlou said a preliminary inquiry was conducted before the charge was laid.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Matthews Nkoadi said the pastor was arrested on Saturday night outside his End Times Disciples Ministries church after the SPCA laid a charge of animal cruelty against him.
“Police had visited his church several times with a warrant of arrest without finding him. Our members swiftly responded to the tip-off. Mnguni was found standing outside the church wearing pyjamas and they arrested him,” added Nkoadi.
Mnguni appeared in court on Monday. He was released on R1 500 bail.
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– Caxton News Service