By Staff Reporter
Wonders shall never end as a South Africa Pastor has been widely condemned for spraying congregation with Doom insecticide saying can heal instantly.
In a Facebook post, self-proclaimed prophet Lethebo Rabalago claims a pesticide called Doom can heal people.
The company that produces Doom warned of the risks of spraying the substance, while a government commission urged anyone affected to lodge complaints.
But the pastor has defended his actions, telling the media he is using unconventional methods to heal people.
The country has seen a wave of practices where church members have been subjected to unorthodox rituals to receive healing.
Months ago, another self-styled prophet of End Times Disciples Ministries Pretoria instructed members of his congregation to drink petrol in Pretoria.
In 2014, Facebook images on the church’s website also showed his followers eating grass and flowers on his orders
In photos circulating on Facebook and Twitter, Mr Rabalago, who runs the Mount Zion General Assembly in the Limpopo province, is seen spraying the insecticide directly into the eyes and various body parts of his congregants.
The man of God told reporters 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.
The pastor claims afflicted church members have been delivered after being sprayed with the insecticide
“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,” a post on the church’s Facebook account reads.
Testimonies of people who have supposedly been healed by Doom have also been posted on the Facebook page.
The 25-year-old “man of God” reportedly started his church 2014 after training under Lesego Daniel.
In 2015, Facebook images showed the self-proclaimed prophet feeding his members stones which he claimed to have turned into bread
That same year, other images emerged of him feeding his followers snakes and rats, which they claimed had been turned into chocolate
He has since been chased out of the Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, where his church was located
But Tiger Brands, the company that makes the product, says it finds the practice “alarming”.
“[We] want to make very clear that it is unsafe to spray Doom or any aerosol onto people’s faces,” the company said in a statement.
“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 statement added.
The company said it was trying to contact the pastor to ask him to stop the practice.
Our correspondent reports that the government has set up a commission to investigate motives behind these practices.
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.