Snake pastor not off the hook yet: SPCA

The case against Penuel Mnguni, the controversial pastor who convinced his congregation to eat live snakes, has been dropped. Photo: Facebook / End Times Disciples Ministries

JOHANNESBURG -  The case against Pretoria's snake feeding pastor has not been dropped, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said on Tuesday.

Pastor Penuel Mnguni was arrested on Saturday night and released on R1,500 bail on Sunday morning.

"All we know is that the docket has gone back to the station for further investigation.

"We have not heard anything about the case being dropped,"  said the SPCA's Korky Levanon.

But the SAPS said the matter was "provisionally withdrawn" over a lack of evidence and witness statements.

Police spokesman Mathews Nkoadi said they are continuing with investigations and if they get new evidence, the matter will be placed back on the roll.

Tshwane's SPCA laid a charge of animal cruelty against Mnguni last week.

Days before, images of him feeding his congregants a live snake went viral on social media.


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