South African pastor makes church members drink deadly poison for 'healing'

A South African pastor has made headlines for making his congregants drink water laced with deadly Rattex poison for "nourishment and healing."

(REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko)A pit head is seen at the Tumela Mine, an Anglo American Platinum open pit mine located in the north-western part of South Africa in Thabazimbi, Limpopo,June 9,2016.

Pastor Light Monyeki of Grace Living Hope Ministries took a swig from a plastic bottle which contained water mixed with Rattex, a poisonous and highly addictive substance composed of various ingredients including rat poison, chlorine, ammonia, and low-grade heroin. The South African minister then invited his congregants to drink the poisonous liquid to obtain nourishment and healing for the sick, Sowetan Live details.

According to a Facebook post by Grace Living Hope Ministries, drinking the poisonous substance would allow Monyeki's congregation to demonstrate their faith. The post has since been taken down or has changed its privacy settings, since it can no longer be viewed by the public.

"If nyaope boys can smoke Rattex for more than eight years' who are we?" Pastor Monyeki reportedly told the churchgoers. "Death has no power over us."

As of this writing, Grace Living Hope Ministries has not issued a comment on the Rattex drinking practice despite Sowetan's request for a statement.

In July 2015, a young South African prophet made headlines after allegedly turning a snake into a chocolate and then feeding it to his congregants to demonstrate their faith in God. Prophet Penuel Mnguni was later arrested for animal cruelty, The Christian Post reports.

In a post on End Times Disciples Ministries' official Facebook page, Pastor Mnguni's church members are shown with squeamish facial expressions while they are being fed what seemed to be snakes. The post was accompanied by a caption about the snake being turned into chocolate.

However, the self-proclaimed prophet was arrested after an animal rights group charged him with animal cruelty, Eyewitness News relays. Mnguni was later released on bail with no conditions, a decision which the animal rights group slammed as disturbing, considering that children saw adult members eating a snake.