Doom pastor causes outrage, calls increase for religious leaders to be regulated

The CRL Rights Commission has condemned a Limpopo pastor who uses insect killer to 'cure' congregants of their illnesses.

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago claims he is able to heal people using various substances at his disposal. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG – The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) says church leaders who have adopted harmful practices can only be dealt with once religious and traditional leaders are regulated.

The commission has condemned a Limpopo pastor who uses doom insect killer to 'cure' congregants of their illnesses.

Pictures of Prophet Lethebo Rabalago spraying the insecticide on the faces and bodies of his followers have made rounds on social media with people expressing their shock.

The CRL’s Thoko says that without any regulation there is no way to hold pastors like Rabalago accountable.

She says just like any profession it is important that traditional and religious leaders have legislation in place to avoid malpractice.

“They are being allowed by the system. So long as we don’t pass this legislation fast enough these things will keep happening until something horrible happens where the pastors are going to kill a multitude of people.”

Meanwhile Rabalago says his congregation has not complained about his healing method.

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(Edited by Neo Koza)