South Africa investigating Pastor Oyakhilome
South African authorities have ordered Christ Embassy head pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, to tender the church’s financial records, a request he denied.
The South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, headed by Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, is investigating the commercialisation of religion and the abuse of people’s beliefs within South Africa.
Christ Embassy has many branches in the country, and Mkhwanazi-Xaluva is demanding the financial records to know how the church spends the money it makes.
All churches in the country are required to now submit their ordination certificate, the church registration certificate, bank statements and the annual financial statements dating from 2012.
“These people take money from people. What are they doing with that money? We want to know. We will not back down,” she said. “Some of these religious leaders will face prison if they do not comply and we have been clear about our course of action.”
In response to Oyakhilome’s refusal to submit his financial records, she said: “If he intends on that route, we are ready. He will have to face the same fate as the others who refuse to hand over their financial records,” she said.