Rustenburg - A North West bishop has opened a criminal case against Alleluia Ministries International (AMI) leader, pastor Alph Lukau.
Bishop Elly Mogodiri said he opened a case of organised crime, fraud and misrepresentation, amongst others, against Lukau in an attempt to deter what he called "false prophets" abusing the church for their own personal gain.
The charges were laid following a video clip that went viral this week purporting to show Lukau raising a man from the dead during a Sunday service.
"I have seen too much pulpit greed and commercialisation going on in the church, amongst other disturbing practices. Right now we are witnessing the staged fraudulent and unfaithful act of resurrecting a deceased person in the church of Alleluia Ministries International (AMI) under the leadership of prophet Alph Lukau.
“I am aware and have been duly advised that this case falls within the ambit of organised crime, fraud and misrepresentation amongst other misdemeanours," he said in a statement via the Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative (HCDI).