- Authorities in South Africa are legally looking into some pastors’ outrageous practices
- They have been making their congregants drink or inhale toxic substances
- They claim these pesticides or detergents heal many illnesses, including HIV
The Health Department from the South African province of Limpopo has been taking serious attention to the instances in which pastors at several congregations have given toxic substances to their congregants.
The Limpopo Health Department has issued complaints against religious leaders, among them Pastor Lethebo Rabalago of Mount Zion General Assembly Church, Prophet Phumzile Topi and Prophet Rufus Phala, of the AK Spiritual Christian Church in Moletjie.
For example, Rabalago sprayed a pesticide called Doom on the churchgoers, claiming it could heal them, and that it was harmless “when used in faith.” He even said Doom could cure cancer and HIV. On his part, Phala asked his followers to drink Dettol detergent, also claiming it could heal all sorts of illnesses.
Limpopo High Court is set to rule in the Health Department’s favor.
Thabiso Tefo, a spokesperson from the Health Department talked about the institution’s concerns, “about this unnatural habit that these pastors are doing. We call upon the commission that is responsible for the regulation of these churches to look into this matter because this has dire consequences for the health of our people.”