Investigative study on the commercialisation of religion

The commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) launched an investigative study into the commercialization of religion.

“We are launching an investigative study on the commercialisation
of religion and the abuse of people’s belief systems in terms of when these institutions are being run, how are they being run, where is their funding going into, who collects how much and what do they do with the money, where does the money eventually go to, what are the governing principles that are there,” said chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xalavu.

This includes threatening people that they won’t be blessed if they do not offer. All this follows a couple of incidents were pastors where found to be unethical in the conduct. All this has prompted the (CRL Rights Commission) to come up with ways to regulate funding models, practices and commercialization of the biblical offerings like tithes, thanks giving, first fruits, special offering and prophetic offering amongst others. This came to the attention of people after Pastor Lesego caused an up raw by ordering his congregation to feed on grass and drink petrol.

He was later followed by Pastor Mnguni when he made headlines last month when news broke that he made his congregants eat rats, live snakes and hair, Rekord North reported. The commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities stated that it is looking into ways to regulate the religious industry to curb the commercialization of religion by looking into their funding models and auditing church books. The findings will be published sometime next year.

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