A self-styled prophet has come under intense criticism due to his healing sessions which involve spraying insecticide into the faces of his congregation. While many other South African preachers have made headlines in recent years for bizarre antics such as eating grass, snakes, and drinking petrol (which allegedly turned into pineapple juice after prayer), Lethebo Rabalgo may well be the most outrageous. Using a popular insecticide, sold under the brand name of Doom, Rabalgo has been proclaiming that he can heal all ailments by spraying various parts of the body, including faces.
As he announced in a Facebook post, "By my name, you shall drive out demons. By my name, you shall pick up snakes. Anything you touch, recieves favour because of the annointing upon you. Doom is just a name, but when you speak to it to become a healing product, it does. People get healed and delivered through doom. Its not by might nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit. We give God the glory!!" He is also claiming that his spiritual powers made it possible to make a phone call without a sim card and to drive a car without fuel.
While the manufacturers of Doom warn about the dangers of spraying their product into people's faces, they have already attempted to contact Rabalgo directly to get him to stop using their product. Rabalgo, for his part, insists that God told him to use Doom to "deliver and heal people." While preachers such as Rabalgo fall under the control of South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL), officials say that they are powerless to act unless someone lays an actual complaint.
In the meantime, Lethebo Rabalgo's bizarre religious crusade has become an Internet meme on Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #ProphetOfDoom. While many posts have poked fun at Rabalgo and his followers, other posts have called for his arrest for attempted murder. Perhaps not surprisingly, sales of Doom have skyrocketed in recent months and pictures of empty store shelves once stocked with the insecticide are now common.
Check out the video below to see the prophet in action: