Editor's note: The story has been updated with additional information.
JOHANNESBURG – The Pretoria prophet who allegedly ordered members of his congregation to feed on live snakes has been released on R1,500 bail.
Times Live reported that the charges were laid by the Tshwane SPCA and that the controversial preacher would probably appear in the Ga-Rankuwa magistrate’s court on Monday on charges of cruelty to animals.
The preacher from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, told inspectors he does not keep animals but picks them up whenever he finds them.
He even admitted to feeding lizards to his flock.
Images of Prophet Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries showing him feeding a live snake to one of his followers went viral last week.
The prophet allegedly told members of his church that the snakes would taste like chocolate.