Following the upsurge of rising religious deceit from pseudo pastors and religious leaders, with several reported cases of defrauding their members of huge sums of money and performing staged managed miracles, the government has now taken a decisive step to stop the rot.
A similar situation forced the Rwandan government to shut down more than 6000 churches.
However, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that government will have an interface with churches and religious leaders to stop them from taking advantage of South Africans.
The president has weighed in after a video clip went viral this week showing Pastor Alph Lukau praying over a man dressed in a white suit in coffin.
While Lukau prayed, the man sat up in the coffin while some onlookers gasped.
Ramaphosa says that South Africans need to work together to get rid of bogus religious leaders.
“Those who are doing things that are completely shocking, of trying to hoodwink the whole nation and saying that someone has been raised from the dead, it is actually bringing the name of the Lord, of God and of churches into disrepute.”
Similarly, elsewhere Rwanda, following the huge scam and swindle of innocent People and the spread of so-called churches in the country, forcing members to do unimaginable things for redemption, the Rwanda government led by Paul Kagame has reportedly closed down worship centres to stop the continuing deceit and fraud.
In and official statement released to the public:
“I have closed down over 6000 churches and mosques in my country and I now demand a degree in theology for every religious leader.
Stop playing with people’s faith and making a business out of it. Rwanda already is a blessed country”
President of Rwanda
Kagame issued a statement saying he has officially closed down 6000 churches in Rwanda saying they were playing with the faith of Rwandan citizens and also put up a new requirement of procuring a theology degree before given license to open up a church in Rwanda.
While at the National Leadership retreat in Gabiro, Rwanda, in March Kagame expressed his concerns on the rising number of churches in Rwanda and asked if they were boreholes or wells that gave people water and also said they didn’t even tally with the number of factories in the country.
Paul Kagame who is known for his strict hand also cited security concerns when closing up these religious institutions.
The Rwanda Governance Board said the move was also meant to tighten rules on registration and functioning of churches in Rwanda and also reduce on the creeping cases of fraud as many religious leaders were reaping off impoverished followers.
Anastase Shyaka, head of Rwanda Governance Board also said installation of a lighting rod would be one of the requirements for new churches after a lighting strike killed 16 worshipers and injured 140 at a Seventh Day Adventist Church in March.