POLOKWANE - The financial affairs of the Zion Christian Church have come under scrutiny at the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.
The Commission is investigating the commercialism of religion.
The ZCC is one of the biggest independent churches in Africa.
Every Easter, at least half its congregants make a pilgrimage to Moria where church regalia and blessed refreshments are sold.
The Commission heard the Zion Christian Church has around 10 million paid-up members.
It was quizzed about the money it makes and its financial statements were submitted to the Commission.
The church's accountant, Pakane Matau, told the Commission that the ZCC is not making a profit as it invests heavily in social responsibility projects.
Last year, it donated R1-million to the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation to help build a children's hospital.
It has also helped fund the construction of schools and clinics, and contributes to the burial schemes of congregants.
The Commission found that the church's financial affairs are in order.
In his submission, ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane appealed to other religious leaders not to bring religion and Christianity into disrepute.
"Stop abusing poor people in the name of religion.
"It's only God who can perform miracles," he said.
The Commission will be sitting in the Free State next week.