Prophet’s ‘heal­ing’ rit­ual goes vi­ral

African Independent - - RELIGION -

A SELF-STYLED prophet in South Africa has de­fended spray­ing his fol­low­ers in the face with in­sect killer say­ing it healed peo­ple of their sins.

Pho­tographs of Lethebo Ra­bal­ago spray­ing Doom aerosol on vol­un­teers dur­ing his church ser­vice at the week­end in Lim­popo, to the north-west of the coun­try, spread fast on so­cial me­dia.

“Some peo­ple came with in­juries, but we sprayed them and they were healed,” pas­tor Ra­bal­ago, 24, told the Times Live web­site.

“No one in­spired me. I just be­lieve in God for any­thing.”

Ra­bal­ago – quickly dubbed the “Prophet of Doom” – said he was “glo­ri­fy­ing God” by spray­ing his con­gre­ga­tion at the Mount Zion Gen­eral As­sem­bly church.

“Ev­ery­thing on Earth be­longs to God. Petrol be­longs to God. Doom be­longs to God,” he said.

Tiger Brand, which man­u­fac­tures the house­hold spray, called on Ra­bal­ago to halt his rit­ual “heal­ing”, call­ing it “alarm­ing and ex­tremely con­cern­ing”.

“(We) want to make it very clear it is un­safe to spray Doom Su­per Multi In­sect Killer... into peo­ple’s faces,” it said.

“The pack­ag­ing has clear in­struc­tions and health warn­ings which must be ad­hered to.”

Tiger Brand added any­one af­fected should wash their hands and face, avoid in­hal­ing and seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Pho­tographs from the church showed sev­eral women, with their eyes tightly closed, be­ing sprayed in the face by Ra­bal­ago.

The pas­tor said no one was in­jured, but would not say how many devo­tees at­tended his church or how many were healed. – AFP

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