High profile church leaders will today have their financial records scrutinised by the CRL Rights Commission.
Pastor Lesego Daniel Mosuoe, alias “petrol pastor”, and Prophet Paseka “Mbhoro” Motsoeneng are expected to present their annual financial statement before the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Communities (CRL Rights Commission) this morning.
Mosuoe of Rabboni Centre Ministry, Prophet Mboro of Incredible Happenings Ministries and Archbishop Stephen Zondo of Rivers of Living Waters Ministries will be the first group in Gauteng to appear before the commission.
Mosuoe’s deliverance method – giving saints petrol and grass – and Pastor Penuel Mnguni of End of Times Disciples Ministries – rats and snakes – prompted the commission to investigate pastors for alleged human rights violation and commercialisation of churches.
Prior to the summons, Mbhoro told The Citizen he invited the commission to his church to investigate because he has nothing to hide, but the commission did not respond.
The commission demands leaders present documents such as the church’s annual financial statements dating back to 2012, bank statements, qualifications of leaders, their institution of learning and proof of ordination, title deeds and/or lease agreements.
The demands have angered the leaders, and Zondo and thousands under his leadership are expected to march to the commission today to demand respect and dignity from it. He said they would march in thousands to “voice out our displeasure and issue a stern warning that should this matter not be resolved amicably, the church will demonstrate its full might”.
The march starts at Pieter Roos Park behind Constitutional Hill 10am and will proceed to the commission’s offices in Braamfontein. Zondo said the church could only present documents “to a proper regulatory or legislative authority”.
The commission’s chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said: “we are all in the Chapter 9 institution. So why change rules and then say we are not a regulatory body?”