Religious leaders in Soweto say they are opposed to any further regulation of religion in South Africa.
They’ve warned the CRL Rights Commission against interfering in the running of churches in the country.
A group of clergymen have met in Dube to discuss the regulation of religion ahead of a Religious Summit in October.
The previous summit organised by the CRL Rights Commission in February ended in chaos as religious leaders failed to even agree on an agenda.
The Commission conducted investigations into the commercialisation of religion and one of its recommendations was that the religious sector should have a peer review mechanism.
“The church is operating as a legal entity. In other words it’s operating under the country’s existing regulations. The CRL is out of the question as per our understanding of the rule of democracy and the constitution of our country. Therefore, we are against any further regulation. If there is any wrongdoing there are enough regulations that the state can use to correct the wrong without further regulation of the church, ” says Pastor Cyril Mahanjana of Soweto Ministers Fraternal.