South Africa’s ‘Doom Pastor’ found guilty of assault

Lethebo Rabalago (not shown here) claims Doom insecticide can heal people with cancer and HIV

 

A South African self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers with the insecticide, Doom, has been found guilty of assault, local media report.

Lethebo Rabalago – widely known as the Doom Pastor – was also found guilty of contravening the Agricultural Stock Remedies Act, a court ruling said.

Rabalago claims the insect repellent he used in 2016 could heal cancer and HIV.

A sentence is yet to be handed down after the verdict by Mookgopong Magistrates Court in Limpopo province.

On Friday, magistrate Frans Mahodi told the court the state had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that the five people who laid assault charges were violated, South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC reports.

The magistrate said the fact that the complainants “were sprayed on their faces with Doom makes this offence [the] worst of its kind”.

He also revealed some of them had suffered “detrimental side effects… like coughing for more than seven months” after the incident.

Rabalago – who run the Mount Zion General Assembly – was arrested after it emerged he had used the product to “cure” his followers of various ailments in 2016.

The pastor claims afflicted church members have been delivered after being sprayed with the insecticide

 

In photos circulating on social media, he was seen spraying the insecticide directly into the eyes and various body parts of his congregants. 

At the time, he told the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg he had sprayed the face of one woman because she had an eye infection and claimed the woman was “just fine because she believed in the power of God”.

Rabalago’s case had been delayed on a number of occasions, most recently when his lawyer forgot his glasses.

South Africa has seen a wave of incidents where church members have been subjected to unorthodox rituals which purportedly healed them of various ailments. 

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The dangers of worshipping some South African preachers:

Lethebo Rabalago, Mount Zion General Assembly

  • Posted a photo on Facebook which showed what looked like a large speaker on top of a person lying face-up on the ground
  • In another photo, he is seen sitting on the speaker while a person remains underneath
  • In 2016, he is photographed spraying insecticide into the faces of his followers, saying it will heal them

Lesego Daniel, Rabboni Ministries 

  • The self-styled prophet in Pretoria instructed members of his congregation to drink petrol
  • In 2014, Facebook images on the church’s website also showed his followers eating grass and flowers on his orders 

Penuel Mnguni, End Times Disciples Ministries

  • Dubbed “snake pastor” by local media
  • The 25-year-old “man of God” reportedly started his church 2014 after training under Lesego Daniel.
  • In 2015, Facebook images showed the self-proclaimed prophet feeding his members stones which he claimed to have turned into bread
  • That same year, other images emerged of him feeding his followers snakes and rats , which they claimed had been turned into chocolate
  • He has since been chased out of the Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, where his church was located

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Woman is attacked by a jaguar after climbing over a fence near its enclosure at an Arizona zoo so she could take a selfie!

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW 
  • The woman was trying to take a selfie with the jaguar on Saturday at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix
  • Witnesses said she climbed over a fence to get closer to the jaguar’s enclosure 
  • The woman was left with severe lacerations on her arm after the animal reached out and swiped at her 
  • Footage shot by a witness showed the woman lying on the floor crying in pain as she nursed her injured arm 

A woman has been attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo after climbing over a barrier near the animal’s enclosure so she could get a better photo.

Witnesses said the woman was trying to take a selfie with the jaguar on Saturday when it lashed out at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix.

She had climbed over a barricade to get closer to the jaguar’s enclosure when the animal reached out and swiped at her.

The woman suffered severe lacerations to her arm and was bleeding heavily.

Footage shot by a witness showed the woman lying on the floor crying in pain as she nursed her injured arm.

The video showed a deep gash on the woman’s arm.

Zoo officials acknowledged the woman had climbed over the barricade and said they were investigating.

‘We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eye witnesses,’ Wildlife World Zoo said in a statement.

The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated.’

Zoo director Mickey Ollson said it is the second time in a month that the jaguar has swiped at a visitor.

The zoo said the jaguar would not be euthanized.

‘We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,’ the zoo said on Twitter.

‘She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to (the woman) and her family.’

Footage shot by a witness showed the woman lying on the floor crying in pain as she nursed her injured arm

 

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