Plans to hold religious leaders personally accountable

Thokozile Mkhwanazi-Xaluva
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The CRL Rights Commission has announced that a body will be instituted to hold religious leaders personally accountable.

The Commission has again expressed concern over religious leaders who continue to make their followers consume poisonous substances.

It has been briefing the media in Johannesburg on the progress of their investigations into the commercialisation of religion in South Africa.

Over a week ago, images of people drinking bleach (Jik) in what appeared to be a church did rounds on social media.

It was later reported that six of them died.

The Commission instituted an investigation following a number of such incidents in recent years.

CRL Rights Commission Chairperson Thokozile Mkhwanazi-Xaluva says it’s disturbing that those who died were using the hazardous products with the aim that they would be healed.

The Commission says there’s going to be an ‘umbrella’ body that will hold religious leaders accountable.

Mkhwanazi-Xaluva is confident that this will help curb the increasing rate of unusual incidents in churches.

Some religious leaders who attended the briefing have called for those involved in such questionable practices to be arrested.

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