THE Limpopo Department of Health today welcomed a high
court ruling that has stopped the "Prophet of Doom" in his tracks.
The controversial pastor, Lethebo Rabalago, made
headlines last year after he appeared on social media spraying Doom into the
faces of Mount Zion Church members, claiming that it would heal them.
This was despite the warning label that it contains toxic
materials which are dangerous for humans.
Judge George Phatudi slammed Rabalago for spraying doom
in congregants’ faces, saying he was neither a scientist, nor a chemical
Provincial spokesperson Thabiso Teffo said: "We are
happy because we said in the beginning that we must guard against the use of
Doom in churches, because we still have challenges to make sure that access to
health is realised.
"With the few
resources we have, we must be able to prevent this. These are vulnerable people
who will be coming to our hospitals and clinics."
Rabalago’s lawyer Edmond Lubisi told reporters outside
court that they had not received instruction to appeal.
Lubisi said the case was unique, as it was first time a
religious practice had been challenged in court.
Over the past few years, dubious healing practices have
surfaced, where members of the public have been forced to drink dangerous
substances in the name of healing.
These went unchallenged until Limpopo Health MEC Dr
Phophi Ramathuba ordered her officials to put the brakes on the harmful