Critique of the preliminary report of the commission for the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communites (CRL)
1. The investigation of the CRL revealed the following:
That there are:
1.1. Prima facie evidence of the commercialization of religion.
1.2. Non-compliance with existing laws.
1.3. Lack of good governance structures.
1.4. Misuse of the visa applications systems.
1.5. Flouting of banking rules.
1.6. Avoidance to pay tax to SARS.
1.7. Uncontrolled movement of cash in and out of the country.
1.8. Mushrooming of religious institutions.
1.9. Illegal and unethical advertising of religious and traditional healing services.
1.10. Property bought for individuals or families with community’s money.
1.11. Operation of religious institutions as business.
1.12. Lack of religious peer review mechanism.
With reference to the abovementioned findings of the CRL, the AFM of SA is of the opinion that the organisations that lack governance structures, the mushrooming of religious institutions, the illegal and unethical advertising of religious and traditional healing services and the lack of a peer review mechanism, as mentioned above, does not constitute crimes.