South African pastor who sprays congregation with insecticide condemned

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A South Africa pastor who sprays his congregation with insecticide has been widely condemned.

Lethebo Rabalago claims insecticide Doom can heal people with cancer and HIV
Lethebo Rabalago claims insecticide Doom can heal people with cancer and HIV

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 BBC 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.

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.

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.

The pastor claims afflicted church members have been delivered after being sprayed with the insecticide
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.

‘Alarming practice’

In another interview, posted on the eNCA website, the pastor is heard saying: “The truth is, Doom can heal people in the right way.”


The dangers of worshipping some South African preachers:

Lesego Daniel, Rabboni Ministries

  • The self-styled prophet in Pretoria instructed members of his congregation to drink petrol
  • In 2014, Facebook images on the church’s website also showed his followers eating grass and flowers on his orders

Penuel Mnguni, End Times Disciples Ministries

  • Dubbed “snake pastor” by local media
  • 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

Lethebo Rabalago, Mount Zion General Assembly

  • Posted a photo on Facebook which showed what looked like a large speaker on top of a person lying face-up on the ground
  • In another photo, he is seen sitting on the speaker while a person remains underneath
  • In 2016, he is photographed spraying insecticide into the faces of his followers, saying it will heal them

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.

“The CRL Rights Commission encourages everyone whose rights and beliefs have been violated to report such to the Commission,” it said in a statement.

Many social media users have condemned his antics.

“It breaks my heart that our people are so desperate for change, they are so easily duped,” Twitter user Boity Thulo wrote. BBC News

  • Incredible ignorance

  • who has bewitched us to believe such men.

  • Why most prophecy are for woman .

  • its not fair to condemn the pastor only but also those fools who are being poisoned

  • Ma pastor enyu aya soo kkkkkkkkkk chokwadi Ku sprayer doom

  • yowe

    YOWE!!!! Hahahaha

  • There are more things to woody about like providing for the poor. Those church congregants are better off so let’s leave them alone. It’s called freedom of association. If doom is good for them then it’s good business for the manufacturer. The manufacturer shouldn’t worry because there are warnings on the container.

    • If they die because of the poison, who is gonna look after their kids when they are gone?
      Iyi ndiyo inonzi Demon – station of power

  • TSM Season 6

    Ma South Africans I Mhata dzevanhu hey vanoitiswa zvese
    zvese, vakambodyiswa Uswa, vakambotsikwa Tsikwa na Pastor vacho vamwe
    vakakwigwa ku NYINI kwavo Tsek zvakapusa wena !!

  • wtf

  • Kkkkkkk next time spray them ne Raid vaka kachidzwa ndokuti vangware

  • Isu hedu mamoslem tikambogara pasi tinomboseka kuti chii chikumboitwa nemakristu kkkkk… This is dicing with death

  • even at home they buy. blessed brick for $100 to build a house and a lot more lies …#prophetofDoom lol. Its a prophetic formula, from his prediccesors (Amos the prophet of Doom)

  • Ignorrance is killing us in Africa eeeeeee hahaha. People are this stupid???? Really???????

  • bygone iri bho manje

  • DOOM Haibo

  • kkkkkkkk prophets of doom

  • Nothing comic about this. They use whatever the Spirit directs them to. Some use steri milk,cooking oil,eggs,hair oil,etc. Nothing is funny about this Doom. It does kill insects and NOT humans. Several profets use different substances but nothing is being said. If the victim got well,then thats good

    • U r crazy dude. Go and get mental evaluation at the nearest mental hospital. Nxa

    • Rubbish

    • What mental evaluation. What score is used in mental evaluation you stupid dude?

      You rather need Mental examination Muchie Mhonde

    • Ah you are just as crazy as this pastor ain’t you

    • Ah you are just as crazy as this pastor ain’t you

    • Ah you are just as crazy as this pastor ain’t you

    • Ah you are just as crazy as this pastor ain’t you

  • Kkkl waita mapofo aenda mumaziso zvinoshamisa

  • Keep them Coming pliz, wats next???? I dare fire extinguishers since the demons are on fire…nhakaaa!!!

  • get poisoned you fool and get cancer so stupid both the prophet of doom and the church goers

  • prophets of doom

  • Its so embarrassing

  • Its so embarrassing

  • Its so embarrassing

  • Its so embarrassing

  • Prophet woDOOMo.

  • Prophet woDOOMo.

  • Prophet woDOOMo.

  • Prophet woDOOMo.

  • Zvaoma

  • Zvaoma

  • Zvaoma

  • Zvaoma

  • That’s rubbish, nonsense. Ndoma satanism acho aitairwa nebible kuti achauya. Tarisai muone zvoitika manje.

  • That’s rubbish, nonsense. Ndoma satanism acho aitairwa nebible kuti achauya. Tarisai muone zvoitika manje.

  • That’s rubbish, nonsense. Ndoma satanism acho aitairwa nebible kuti achauya. Tarisai muone zvoitika manje.

  • That’s rubbish, nonsense. Ndoma satanism acho aitairwa nebible kuti achauya. Tarisai muone zvoitika manje.

  • Apo kwanzi pastor not prophet. Pastor basa rake ndereyi kuchurch? mapastors varikutora basa risiriravo vachisinya basa ravo vaakuita basa remaprophets ndosaka muchiona zvinhu zvavakuita mamirire akadaro. Some people are fool, you must know the difference between a pastor and prophet.

  • Apo kwanzi pastor not prophet. Pastor basa rake ndereyi kuchurch? mapastors varikutora basa risiriravo vachisinya basa ravo vaakuita basa remaprophets ndosaka muchiona zvinhu zvavakuita mamirire akadaro. Some people are fool, you must know the difference between a pastor and prophet.

  • Apo kwanzi pastor not prophet. Pastor basa rake ndereyi kuchurch? mapastors varikutora basa risiriravo vachisinya basa ravo vaakuita basa remaprophets ndosaka muchiona zvinhu zvavakuita mamirire akadaro. Some people are fool, you must know the difference between a pastor and prophet.

  • Apo kwanzi pastor not prophet. Pastor basa rake ndereyi kuchurch? mapastors varikutora basa risiriravo vachisinya basa ravo vaakuita basa remaprophets ndosaka muchiona zvinhu zvavakuita mamirire akadaro. Some people are fool, you must know the difference between a pastor and prophet.

  • s

    I think most of us are just acting the way people during Jesus times responded. I just don’t how people responded when they heard Jesus walked on water. that Jesus spit on the ground and used mud to open a person eyes. that the apostles used handhachies (sp) to heal people. that a woman touched his garment and got healed. after that Jesus says you will do greater things. the bible says Jesus even did more things that are not recorded. he might have used doom to heal who knows. I am not saying these guys are it, but we should not limit GOD to certain ways of working only. doom was made of material which GOD created. GOD is in everything. If at one time HE made a donkey to talk who are we to say that HE cant do this and this. The only problem is that we agree when it is demons doing it, but when it is GOD we say no.