Prophet’s ‘healing’ ritual goes viral
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