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Pastors slammed by MEC

Pastors slammed by MEC

The controversial Ga-Rankuwa pastor, who made headlines in January this year by encouraging members of his congregation to eat grass as this “will bring them closer to God”, has come under fire from the Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development after a video clip emerged last week, showing his followers drinking petrol.

Speaking at a prayer meeting for the South Africans who had died following the collapse of a hostel building belonging to controversial Nigerian tele-evangelist, TB Joshua, in Lagos, Nigeria on September 12th, MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza told mourners at the Father Masango St John Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Soshanguve, that the actions of Pastor Lesego Daniel Mosuoe were misleading.

"If you go about feeding people grass and petrol, you must know that you are not a good shepherd. Some amongst us seem to think that we can't tell the healing power of faith and the medicinal value of faith from harmful religious practices," she said.

"Ingestion of fuel is corrosive and not only does it affect the intestinal territory, but also the nervous system.

"It causes excitement [a high], as though someone who took on drugs. That would explain the strange behaviour reactions after ingestion in the people who drink petrol," she said.

The MEC also took a swipe at Joshua, criticising him of "harmful religious practices".

"We ask the Creator to assist us to deal with the loss. We send our heartfelt condolences to their loved ones," she said.

"But I don't understand why the likes of TB Joshua should claim the sole ability to heal and prophesise ability to perform miracles."

An estimated 115 people, 84 who were from South Africa, died when the multi-storey building collapsed shortly after mid-day due to structural failure, caused by the construction of two additional floors on top of the existing four. Joshua has labelled the tragedy an act of sabotage against his ministry.


CAPTION: Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. IMAGE sourced from thepolitician.co.za