A South African clergyman has come under fire for actions that are said to have put the lives of people at risk. The pastor asked his followers to eat grass during a worship service if they wanted to be close to their creator.

The congregation were told eating the grass will 'bring them closer to God'

The congregation were told eating the grass would take them closer to their creator.

Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria told his followers that grass will take them closer to their creator and they willingly followed. He then proceeded to walk on them in an action seen as stamping on them.

Although the pastor has not responded to the backlash he posted on Facebook yesterday: 'God is at work and His people are testifying right now'

The controversial preacher

The pastor is known for his unconventional methods that have drawn criticism severally but his followers swear that they work. In the grass eating incident, he had said that the human body can survive on anything that it is fed.

One woman claimed eating the grass stopped her having a sore throat, while another said it healed her after a stroke

Those who partook in the grass claimed that it worked miracles for them. A law student claimed that her sore throat was healed after eating some of the grass. Another member of the congregation who suffered a stroke two years back and was left unable to walk said that she got stronger in an hour’s time and within two hours of eating the grass, she could walk again.

Under the instruction of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries dozens of followers dropped to the floor to eat the grass at his ministry in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria

Under the instruction of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries dozens of followers dropped to the floor to eat the grass at his ministry in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria

Photos of the incident show people on the ground eating grass and the preacher walking on them. In a previous incident, the clergyman is reported to have sent six people to sleep during a service just by shouting the word ‘sleep’. He claimed that he can send anyone to sleep just by word of mouth, including police if they come to arrest him.

Photos that follow show dozens of people getting sick

Photos that follow show dozens of people getting sick

A series of photographs after the grass-eating affair show dozens of people getting sick and vomiting after consuming it. Some are pictured being supported to walk, others vomiting into buckets and some men had to use toilet bowls to vomit into.

Photos that follow show dozens of people getting sick in the toilets - an image of the bathrooms show women clutching their stomach, while the men are vomiting in the sink.

Photos that follow show dozens of people getting sick in the toilets – an image of the bathrooms show women clutching their stomach, while the men are vomiting in the sink.

Photos that follow show dozens of people getting sick in the toilets - an image of the bathrooms show women clutching their stomach, while the men are vomiting in the sink.

The pastor has issued no response to the backlash received over the incident but posted a Facebook message stating that the creator was at work and his people were testifying. He further went on to proclaim glory to the creator in the Facebook message.

The pastor's actions during the service prompted a series of online complaints

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