S Africa Hindu Maha Sabha to regulate priests amid abuse claims
The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has announced plans to regulate Hindu priests in the country amid growing concerns over alleged exploitation and abuse by priests. The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has asked all temples in the country to submit qualifications of the priests for consideration by its Priests’ Accreditation Committee, which will be accredited by the government-run South African Qualifications Authority.
“We have received reports of people posing as priests and duping people who put their trust and faith in them. It is this type of priest who taints the name of all Hindu priests, especially when their activities are highlighted in the media and even brought to court sometimes,” Sabha President Ashwin Trikamjee said.