ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane begged other churches not to lie to poor people that they can make miracles happen.
“Stop abusing poor people in the name of religion. It’s only God who can perform miracles,” he said.
According to an eNCA report, Lekganyane made the appeal as ZCC members appeared before the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.
The commission is being held in Polokwane and has asked the numerous churches operating in Mzansi to appear before it. It is looking into the financial dealings of these churches. The commission heard that ZCC has about 10 million paid-up members, said the report. This makes it one of the biggest independent churches in Africa.
But the church’s accountant, Pakane Matau, stressed that the money the church gets isn’t thought of as profit. It spends most of it on charity work, said Matau. “Last year the ZCC donated R1-million to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation to help build a children’s hospital” he added.
It also makes contributions to help build schools and clinics, and helps poorer ZCC members with burial schemes.
The Commission found that the church’s financial affairs were in order.
In his submission, ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane appealed to other religious leaders not to bring religion and Christianity into disrepute.
Next week the commission will be visiting Free State.