Doom prophet: CRL urges churchgoers to come forward

JOHANNESBURG, 22 November 2016 - There's been a string of bizarre acts by so-called prophets, the latest being the Limpopo pastor spraying congregants with doom. Gilan Gork believes certain pastors can use the power of persuasion on desperate people. Video: eNCA
JOHANNESBURG, 22 November 2016 - Religious rights body the CRL Commission is appealing to those who feel their rights were violated by a controversial pastor to come forward. Lethebo Rabalago uses the insecticide Doom to heal troubled congregants. Video: eNCA
File: Lethebo Rabalago insists that none of his congregants were injured when he sprayed them with insecticide. Photo: Mountzion General Assembly official facebook page

JOHANNESBURG - Religious rights body the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) is appealing to those who feel their rights were violated by a controversial pastor to come forward.

Lethebo Rabalago uses the insecticide Doom to heal troubled congregants.

He says the instruction came from God and the practice has healed many people.

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Rabalago has become the latest religious leader to spark outrage with his unusual methods.

The Mount Zion General Assembly leader is convinced spraying his congregates with Doom frees them from demons.

Rabalago’s antics have angered many.

“We are calling on all the people who are feeling their rights were violated to come and complain to the commission, and then we will deal with the matter," said the commission's Edward Mafadza.

"The second option is we may have to summon him depending on how deep this matter is.”

The commission says it's concerned by the increase in unscrupulous religious leaders like Rabalago.

But it says it can only intervene if it’s prompted to do so.

"There hasn’t been any victim that came to us to say their rights have been violated. That is the biggest challenge, because then these are people who are being abused willingly," he said.

But what exactly would drive a person to believe that a can of Doom, eating grass or even drinking petrol can bring them healing?

“A lot of these charismatic pastors who say that they have these Godly powers and that they’re performing these miracles are usually just relying on a bit of psychology and sometimes just downright trickery," said mentalist Gilan Gork.

"They have the people who want to believe in them so badly they will attribute that to being miracles.”

Rabalago insists that none of his congregants were injured when he sprayed them with insecticide.

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