Speaking at his church in Ekurhuleni on Wednesday, pastor Paseka ‘Mboro’ Motsoeneng reportedly asked his congregants to fund his legal fees in his battle with Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission).

“I’m calling on you to pay my legal battle because I must fight [Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, the chairperson of the CRL Rights Commission],” he said.

Mboro also said he was going on strike for nine weeks following a report by the commission calling for the regulation of churches and an investigation into harmful religious practices.

He reportedly then demanded R4 900 from each of the more than 5 000 congregants he has apparently helped or else they will each hear from him.

“I want all children and women that I helped to honour and thank me. Congregants must also send me nine SMSes each at R5 per SMS. These will be for support while I’m on strike. If I don’t get it, Thoko will give you the help I provided,” he added.