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Self-styled prophet sprays pesticide on congregants

by Staff Reporter
21 Nov 2016 at 22:53hrs | Views
South Africa - A self-styled Limpopo "prophet" Lethebo Rabalago of Mountzion Church has been spraying Doom insect repellent in the faces of congregants, telling them it has healing properties.

South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has said such practises are the reason it is investigating the commercialisation of religion and the "abuse of people's belief systems".

The study has aims including seeking to:

"Understand the deep societal thinking that makes some members of our society vulnerable and gullible with respect to views expressed and actions during religious ceremonies."     

In a statement, the commission urged anyone who feels their rights and beliefs have been violated to get in touch and says no-one should be "subjected to conditions that are detrimental to their health and well being".

Doom makers, Tiger Brands, has said via Twitter: "Doom has been formulated to kill specific insects which are detailed on the cans, and the packaging has very clear warnings which must be adhered to. Using this product for purposes other than what it is intended for poses risks and is therefore dangerous.

"Tiger Brands is in the process of contacting the Prophet to ask him to refrain from such practice."

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