The Living Hope Ministries pastor, Light Monyeki tells church members to drink rat poison which was mixed in the bottle of water to heal their sickness as well as to show forth their faith.
‘As he was doing that he said “we do not need to proclaim faith because we are believers. If nyaope [a street drug] boys can smoke Rattax for more than eight years, who are we? Death has no power over us reported by Daily maily
‘Then he declared life from above upon the water mixed with Rattax; and spoke nourishment unto bodies and healing unto the sick.’A multitude of congregants voluntarily ran to the front to have a drink of the deadly poison.
After declaring nourishment and healing, Prophet Light was the first one to drink.’
Nyaope is a highly addictive drug that has come into widespread use in South Africa, and is made from a range of ingredients including low-grade heroin, rat poison and detergents.
Rattex can lead to death in humans, as it prevents clotting in the body, meaning those who ingest it can bleed to death
The pastor has faced widespread criticism since the photographs were posted online.
Sampson Gyebi Dankwa said: ‘This pastor is SICK! Rat poison to your congregants? Have you tasted it? First heal yourself from whatever is causing you to feed your members with a deadly substance.’
Brenda Crooks wrote: ‘Why are you giving people poison in the form of Rattex. You are ungodly and an absolute disgrace to your so-called profession. SHAME ON YOU!
And Rose Ramahlafi added: ‘This is disgusting. People are abusing the name of God, and the people who are ignorant of their faith will perish in the process.’
Monyeki is not the first controversial South African pastor to have encouraged unorthodox practices among his parishioners.
In 2014, the ‘miracle worker’ Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in South Africa convinced members of his church to eat grass, telling them it would give them strength and healing.
A year later, another controversial young pastor named Penuel Mnguni allegedly commanded a snake to turn into chocolate, then told his congregants to eat the animal’s body as a show of faith. He was later arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.