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'Prophet of Doom', Lethebo Rabalago. Photo from Facebook  ~ 

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 expert.

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 practice.


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