Pretoria - First he got his followers to eat grass now Rabboni Christ Ministries leader Pastor Lesego Daniel has them drinking petrol among other things. Hes been thrust back into the spotlight for his unusual ways of connecting to God.
JOHANNESBURG - The petrol-drinking video clip from Rabboni Ministries has been taken off YouTube and the church&39;s pastor, Lesego Daniel, expressed "remorse" at the clip, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) said on Wednesday.
The video clip in question showed members of Daniel&39;s congregation frantically drinking a substance alleged to be petrol during his sermon, at his encouragement.
Daniel&39;s church had previously come under scrutiny when a video surfaced of his congregation eating grass during one of his sermons.
After the Film and Publication Board sent a compliance notice to Google, which runs YouTube, Google chose to remove it altogether from the online video sharing service.
The FPB had said the video needed to be rated 13IAT, which means it is not suitable for children under the age of 13, or be taken down.
"It is not clear why they elected to remove it instead of putting on the appropriate age restriction," said FPB chief operating officer Sipho Risiba, "but we are satisfied with this outcome.
"We were not happy with the video with its unclassified format."
He continued, "We went after the church and its pastor as the content creators and after Google as the content distributor.
"The pastor reacted responsibly and expressed remorse at the effects of the video. We will be watching his organisation closely and will act swiftly should he repeat the same mistake."
Risiba said, "It was not taken down within the 24 hours that we requested. However, we do see the issue as resolved now."
Risiba said people must understand that it is the duty of all South Africans to act responsibly when creating or distributing visual content as children shape their value systems around what they see.
Lesego Daniel was not available for comment.