Gauteng Premier David Makhura defended a photo that resurfaced on social media which shows him attending Pastor Alph Lukau's church.
Lukau, who has been dubbed the 'resurrection pastor', is at the centre of several controversies and Makhura has been shoved into the spotlight after a photo resurfaced on social media which showed them together.
The Gauteng premier defended the 'old' image which was taken at the Alleluia Ministries on 5 August last year.
According to Makhura, he was invited as a public representative to the church's sixth anniversary celebrations:
"My presence was to share the sermon with them. At the time, I had no reason to question the authenticity of the church."
Makhura added that in light of the recent events surrounding Lukau, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CLR) launched an investigation into him.
A body in the CLR has been tasked with probing into events where religious leaders and institutions have been accused of illegal and unholy religious practices. Makhura said:
“We have seen an increase in people drinking petrol, eating rats or snakes whilst others rape congregants or confess to practising witchcraft. Together let us find lasting solutions to these scourges."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported a family claimed their relative passed away because he believed Lukau healed him of HIV.
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