This is according to Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Frahm-Arp said the preachings by leaders of charismatic cult-like churches promising “people miracles” that they would receive jobs, promotion at work or financial prosperity resonated with South Africans.
“We have an unemployment rate of 42% in this country. People are desperate. That is why they fall for anything without asking many questions.”
She said most people did not want to accept the reality of their lives. “So this message that there is evil and that there is Satan who is making things bad appeals to people. It gives them hope.