Prophet of snake arrested over ‘animal cruelty’ charges

Controversial Soshanguve “prophet” Penuel Mnguni has been arrested for making his congregants eat a live snake during a church service.

Prophet Penuel Mnguni orders a member of his congregation to eat a live snake

Prophet Penuel Mnguni orders a member of his congregation to eat a live snake

The head of the End Times Disciples Ministries was thus a no-show at his church’s Sunday service this weekend, where he had invited members of the media of witness how he performed “miracles”.

Police officers spent the entire day on Friday looking for him after charges had been laid against him by the SPCA, but could not locate him.

However, Mnguni was eventually arrested on Saturday, said Captain Rheineth Motlana, a spokesman for the police.

He spent the weekend in the Ga-Rankuwa police cells and will face charges of cruelty to animals.

Inspector Andrew Kekana, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said that after investigations, the organisation decided to lay charges against the prophet.

The charges relates to possession of indigenous protected snakes and cruelty to animals. “We believe it is our duty in instances where animal rights have been violated to prosecute those responsible for such violation,” said Kekana.

Mnguni, 27, made news headlines last week and was trending on social media platforms after he posted photos of numerous services in which he made his congregants strip naked, eat clothes, hair and even rode some of them like horses.

The latest of his antics which finally landed him in hot water with animal rights organisations was that of making members of his congregation eat a live snake.

Photos illustrating this were also posted on his Facebook page, with congregants saying the snake tasted like chocolate.

Arno Naude, of the Snake Bite Assist and Transvaal Herpetological Association, said they were happy that something had been done to stop the “heinous crimes committed by the pastor”.

Naude said: “We were dismayed at the sheer arrogance displayed by the pastor by being able to con people into killing a live snake in such an inhumane way.

“The capturing, selling and certainly killing of indigenous snakes is illegal and we would like to make sure that he is stopped in his tracks.

“We spend our whole lives trying to capture and remove the snakes from people’s homes and set them free in a safe environment. Can you imagine how it would be to eat the snake bit by bit while it is alive?”

Despite Mnguni’s absence, Sunday’s service continued. Before his arrest, he had invited all who wanted to see the miracles, but ushers at the entrance of the church did not want members of the media to take photos of the service.

Another pastor, who refused to speak to the media, told congregants not to fear what was happening to them as other people did not understand the work of God.

“They can’t stop the work of God by coming forth with claims that what the prophet was doing was cruelty to animals. We are simply doing the work of God.”

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28 thoughts on “Prophet of snake arrested over ‘animal cruelty’ charges”

  1. catherine says:

    jesus is coming soon. this is not a prophet.yohane 10:10

  2. Majete says:

    I dont & i wl never trust prophets

  3. nkasimunguya chinankasanganye says:

    Foolish pastor,foolish congligation.
    Rock him away for 66yrs. He is not the pastor sent by the God we all know.
    Fuck him and his church.

  4. austin says:

    Most of churches nowadays are on mission with the devil and mostly belongs to Satan beware Jesus is coming soon

  5. M'ngoni wa ku Maputo says:


  6. peter Banda says:

    the devils is at work

  7. mulopwana says:

    God cursed man as well…Please note that each and every thing created by God is edible somehow.Remember the food web or food chain.Nde Nyama zodya anzawo muzimanganso.Apolice mwawonjeza

  8. chipie says:

    So people here were concerned with the lives of the animals (snakes)? and not the life of those people eating the snakes??

    By the way GOD himself cursed the snake..why would HE like his children eat the snakes when in actual sense..the snake symbolizes SATAN??

  9. me says:


  10. Smadav says:

    What of God is in eating live snake? Even those ppl who accepted to eat the snake what were they thinking? Shupiti!!

  11. Atongido says:

    This is satanism at its best,how could a person eat live snake after being forced by ‘the so called PASTOR’? I think this pastor worship satan and not the same GOD we all know.

  12. Chiya says:

    Last daes indeed

  13. hassan says:

    umenewo ndiye ufiti osati nthavu za Mulungu eshii last days endeed

  14. Owen says:


  15. Keyboard Analyst says:

    So the pastor has been arrested for cruelty to a snake and not because he fed it to people? And killing a snake is illigal in in RSA. Apa mpofunika kuti a Malawife titengelepo phunzilo ndipo tisamale tikapita koyende chifukwa timadana ndi njoka. Kupha njoka, mbalame, mbewa ndi mlandutu mmayiko amenewa. Koma kupha munthu bolani.

  16. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    This is a foreign story.

  17. Tundu says:

    If anyone claims to have powers from above let them use them to help ease problems in this rotten world coz what good is if I eatva live snake? This is clearly devil at work. Hevcannot hide, we know the reason is the devil is desperatevbcoz of true miracles happening in some churches and he is not happy. Miraclesvare happening but we needvto be very careful as Christians there are many false ones, this man notvpastor, he is not alone but with Spiritof God you can be able to decern what is of Godvand of devil, these are last days, let’s be careful.

  18. anadimba says:

    asakabwereko mfitiyo.njokayo akanadya yekha.nawe wokudyawe,you went there on an empty stomach.anyway u have made history for eating satan s body.

  19. mtengowagwa says:

    amenewo ndi aneneli onyenga otumikira satan mdyelekezi yemwe anadzela mwanjoka kuti tonsefe tichimwe,mpake kumadya njoka yamoyo.akhaulitseni kuti ena atengelepophuzilo kwa athakati amenewa.

  20. chenamalaka! says:

    End of the world,false prophets at its best!!!!!!

  21. Stv says:

    Signs of times. Where are you?

  22. This is total madness. And to hell with this pastor

  23. Mbuyankhoma says:

    Pastors of now times preach about earthly treasures, not salvation. They lack charisma really.

  24. humphreys says:

    Koma Eeee zafikapo,the word of God says be on guard as these are the end of times,false prophets will rise.

  25. Emmanuel E.Muyenza says:

    People who are gulliable or desperate will fall for anything! Unfortunately there are so many people who are easily brainwashed. Why would anyone in their right mind eat a live snake. (May be if it was cooked first) Well, this insane Prophet needs to go!

  26. says:

    Deadly devotion. We are all desperate living in hopeless world

  27. ismail says:

    Ndiye a khristu amenewo. Matsenga akuti ndi ma milakuli choncho nanga nkutani moti chisilam chili phee!!!

  28. big chimbly says:

    This is madness of the fullest order, both the prophet and his people are mad, so they really wanted the chocolate that much? If he was saying snakes would heal them, it could make sense, but not because they taste like chocolates. Charge this idiot and he should go to jail…..

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