- Religious leaders should not try to heal seriously ill people and should send the to hospitals according to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities
- The commission says that God can heal people through doctors
- The organisation wants Parliament to pass legislation regulating religious organisations
Religious leaders are not doctors and cannot replace medical professionals when offering faith-based healing the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said.
"It is not for the religious leader to encourage people to bring people to them who are extremely ill. Churches are not supposed to be hospitals; they are supposed to be places of worship," Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, chairperson of the CRL Rights Commission said according to the dailysun.co.za.
Briefly.co.za learned that the commission was quick to point out that God heals people through doctors. They urged those religious leaders who wish to help their ill congregants to send them to hospitals or clinics.
Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said that some people's faith has reached extreme levels. Her comments come in response to the incident in which a child died after being brought to the controversial pastor Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng's church in Katlehong.
She feels that when children are involved, religious practices could come into conflict with the Constitution and the law.
"There are limits to the religious freedom; it cannot infringe on the rights of the child."
The CRL has submitted a report to Parliament which recommends that legislation is passed to prevent exploitative practices which are carried out in the name of religion.
"There ought to be a legal framework that will establish a peer review mechanism and force people to belong to an umbrella organisation," said Mkhwanazi-Xaluva.
She also believes that religious leaders need to held accountable just as teachers, lawyers or doctors are and should be banned from practising if they behave in an unethical manner.
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