Prosecution on the cards for "toxic" religious sector - CRL

Following an investigation conducted into the commercialization of religion and abuse of belief systems, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has recommended that all religious practitioners operating in South Africa either be registered or face prosecution if they fail to comply.

Prof David Mosoma, deputy chairperson at CRL says the investigation was initiated after the commission received complaints from members of the community of religious leaders who are abusing congregants.

He says the entire religious environment in the country was so toxic that it required the commission to intervene.

Read: CRL to amend Act to clamp down on controversial religious leaders

Some complaints emanated from pastors refusing congregants to take chronic medication, and some from the resources that were demanded in terms of requirements to pay for prayers.

Prof. David Mosoma, Deputy Chairperson at CRL

In some instances we were told that there is no financial management, no good governance, only one person in charge of the entire process from collecting the monies to banking and book keeping...

Prof. David Mosoma, Deputy Chairperson at CRL

The commission has also recommended the establishment of a peer review structure under which all pastors will be associated with.

To hear more of this interview with David Mosoma, listen below:


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