Back in August, we reported that a young woman died in South Africa after submitting to a stunt performed by self-proclaimed prophet Lethebo Rabalago, who placed a heavy speaker on her chest.
Well, Rabalago, above, is back in the news, this time for spraying his followers with a pesticide called Doom.
In a Facebook post, Rabalago claims that Doom can heal people.
But the company that produces it warned of the risks of spraying the substance on humans, while a government commission urged anyone affected to lodge complaints.
Rabalago, of Mount Zion General Assembly in the Limpopo province, has defended his actions, telling the BBC he is using unconventional methods to heal people Like placing heavy speakers on them.
He told the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg that he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was:
Just fine because she believed in the power of God.
He also claims the spray can heal cancer and HIV.
Doom is just a name, but when you speak to it to become a healing product, it does. People get healed and delivered through Doom.
Testimonies of people who have supposedly been healed by Doom have also been posted on his church’s Facebook page.
In another interview the pastor is heard saying:
But Tiger Brands, the company that makes the product, says it finds the practice “alarming”. It said in a statement:
The truth is, Doom can heal people in the right way.
We want to make very clear that it is unsafe to spray Doom or any aerosol onto people’s faces. Doom has been formulated to kill specific insects which are detailed on the cans, and the packaging has very clear warnings which must be adhered to.
The company said it was trying to contact the pastor to ask him to stop the practice.
South Africa’s Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has also condemned the practice, which it says is “detrimental” to the well-being of people.
The CRL Rights Commission encourages everyone whose rights and beliefs have been violated to report such to the Commission.
Many social media users have condemned his antics.
One woman commented on Facebook:
This is nonsense. If I were to walk around with Doom and spray people in the face, I would be arrested. What is so special about this idiot? Because he hides behind religion? We should all be criminals and claim to be prophets. Rob people blind and poison them as a reward. What’s wrong with our people? What makes us so desperate to let anyone take advantage of us. Unbelievable!
Hat tip: AgentCormac