South Africans have been shocked and dumbfounded by the messages of some pentecostalist pastors, who seem hell-bent on trumping the latest outlandish claim from competing pulpits. • The trial of Pastor Timothy Omotoso, head of the Jesus Dominion Church, is perhaps the most high-profile scandal. Omotoso and co-accused Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho are on trial for rape, racketeering and human trafficking. Port Elizabeth high court judge Mandela Makaula recused himself from the case after it was  alleged that witnesses were staying at his wife’s guest house. But Omotoso still has followers despite it all. • There was national outrage and amusement when Alleluia Ministries leader Pastor Alph Lukau released a video of the "miracle" of him raising a man from the dead. On social media it pointed out that the man in the coffin had a cellphone in his pocket; others duly posted resurrection-challenge videos of themselves returning to life. • The opulent lifestyle of Prophet Shepherd "Majo...

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