The dawn of democracy in South Africa opened doors for many people all over Africa to come pursue business interests in the country. One of the most booming businesses that has been mushrooming all over the country is ‘religion’. Over the past twenty years we have witnessed charismatic churches opening in every corner of South Africa. Below are top five controversial pastors in South Africa.
- Shepherd Bushiri
Born in Malawi on 20 February 1983, Bushiri runs one of the fastest growing churches in Southern Africa. He founded and leads an evangelical church known as the Enlightened Christian Gathering. ECG has headquarters in Tshwane and branches in many African countries, including his birth country, Malawi. On 1 February 2019, Bushiri was arrested together with his wife by police for fraud and money laundering. Bushiri is also known for performing fake miracles like walking in the air.
2. Alph Lukau
His website describes him as the founder and General Overseer of Alleluia Ministries International. He is a Bible Scholar and a renowned International Speaker who ministers in different platforms around the world.Through his ministry,people are saved, healed, delivered, we have seen families restored and many miracles have taken place. Lukau shot to fame when a video of him allegedly healing patients went viral two years ago. It turned out that the hospital was fake and people were hired to act as patients. This week he trended on social media after claiming to have raised a person from the dead.
Real name Paseka Motsweneng, Prophet Mbhoro is one of the most famous South African men of God. Last year he received a one million rand present from his fellow Man of God Prophet Bushiri, also known as Major One to his congregants. He is also known for using weird healing processes like inserting his fingers in private parts of his female congregants. His church, Incredible Happenings is based in Ekurhuleni.
4. Penuel Mnguni
Mnguni shot to fame when a video of him making his congregants eat snakes and rats emerged on social media. He told his congregants that the snakes and rats were holy bread. Community members and Economic Freedom Fighters demolished one of his churches in Pretoria. It is rumoured that he is currently operating in Mpumalanga.
5. Pastor Lesego
The equally controversial Lesego hails from Rankuwa in Pretoria. He became the household name in the spiritual circus after forcing his churchgoers to eat grass and drink petrol. His church in Pretoria attracts thousands of congregants all over the continent.