Mogoeng prays over COVID-19 vaccine 'infused with mark of devil'

He was speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony at the Tembisa Hospital in Ekurhuleni on Thursday.

FILE: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Picture: @NelsonMandela/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is in the spotlight again for his comments - this time he's been caught on video praying that God should destroy any COVID-19 vaccine that "could be infused with the mark of the devil".

He was speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony at the Tembisa Hospital in Ekurhuleni on Thursday.

He closed off his public address with a prayer: “I lock up every demon of COVID-19. I lock up any vaccine that is not of Him.”

He then prayed to God to send his angels to "enforce" His will.

“If there be any vaccine that is of the devil meant to infuse 666 in the lives of people, meant to corrupt their DNA – any such vaccine - may it be destroyed by fire in the name of Jesus.”

While many people have defended his right to express his religious views and opinions publicly, others warned his latest comments could be dangerous - especially when it comes to some who are still undecided about signing up for the vaccine.

In June, Mogoeng received a string of backlash over his utterances of Israel during a webinar held by the Jerusalem Post expressing his support for Israel.

Meanwhile, government is pleading with South Africans not to allow conspiracy theories to derail efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is calling on people to only rely on accurate information communicated through scientists and health experts.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said people must avoid spreading conspiracy theories around vaccines.

“This is a serious matter. We can’t afford to keep misleading society on things or information that is untested. Let us rely on science and health professionals and what we need to do and what we need to know.”

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