Five members of congregation of a church in South Africa who drank rat poison on the instructions of their pastor, Light Monyeki from Soshanguve, South Africa, are reportedly dead.

Pastor Monyeki had told members of his congregation that he had anointed the deadly rat poison and as such they cannot be hurt.

However, hours after feeding them with the lethal dose, 13 persons were admitted at the hospital while 5 of them reportedly gave up the ghost.

Pastor Monyeki has denied responsibility of the death of the 5 members.

The police said it is investigating the matter.