A Limpopo High Court judge has issued a banning order preventing South African controversial preacher, Lethebo Rabalago from using Doom insect repellent for “religious healing”.
The interdict effectively bars the pastor from using the insect repellent for the so-called “healing purposes”, eNCA reports.
Judge George Phatudi ruled that the preacher must stop spraying Doom on members of his congregation.
Prophet Rabalago of the Mountzion General Assembly in Limpopo made headlines last year when he claimed Doom would heal congregants. He claimed that he uses Doom insect killer to heal people with cancer, HIV or any other illness.
Many South Africans expressed outrage or ridiculed the pastor.
The eNCA also reports that the Limpopo Health Department has warned it poses a serious health risk and has since recommended that Rabalago’s mental state be evaluated.
“We are going to make sure that the pastor adheres to the pronouncement by the court,” said Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba.
Rabalago’s lawyer, Edmond Lubisi argued in court that no-one in the congregation of Mount Zion had died as a result of the pastor’s actions.
The pastor was reprimanded by Judge Phatudi that he is neither a scientist nor a chemical expert.