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Limpopo Health wins bid against pastors using harmful substances

The department took Pastor Lethebo Rabalago to court after he sprayed congregants in the face with insect killer.

FILE: Lethabo Rabalago sprays insecticide on a follower. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Health Department has won its bid to stop religious leaders from using harmful substances on their congregations.

The department took the so-called doom pastor Lethebo Rabalago to court after it emerged he was spraying congregants in the face with the insect killer, claiming God instructed him to do so.

The Health Department was granted an interdict to stop him from using doom and it’s taken its legal fight against similar pastors a step further.

Spokesperson Thabiso Tefo says the department has won a court bid not only to stop Rabalago from using doom on congregants, but to also stop anyone else who uses strange substances, including prophet Rufus Phala who made his followers drink Dettol.

“The order will include other substances that are deemed illegal.”

He says the department will go through a process of scrutinising substances used by pastors and prophets if needs be.

Tefo says if it is found that anyone continues with these practices, the department will not hesitate to approach the police.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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