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South African Prophet Proclaims Doom Cures Aids and Cancer

Updated on December 19, 2016
Screengrab/eNCA News: Pastor Lethebo Rabalago of Mount Zion General Assembly spraying Doom pesticide onto a woman's face
Screengrab/eNCA News: Pastor Lethebo Rabalago of Mount Zion General Assembly spraying Doom pesticide onto a woman's face | Source

A video of the 24-year old Prophet Lethebo Rabalago spraying an insecticide called Doom onto people's faces went viral this week.

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago is one of the pastors of the Mount Zion General Assembly Church in Limpopo, South Africa. During interviews with journalists of various newspapers and broadcast mediums, the prophet confirmed using Doom to heal people.

“God uses anything to heal the sick and Doom is no exception,” he alleged. "We are glorifying God. We want God to be seen. We are saying with God anything is possible."

He added:

"In the book of Genesis the spirit of God was hovering over the water. [Therefore] everything here on Earth belongs to God. Petrol belongs to God. Doom belongs to God."

The church's staff insisted that Doom is just a name, and it can be used as a healing product.

Prophet Lethebo Rabalago is the son of Pastor Lesego Daniel - the pastor who made headlines in 2014 when he ordered his congregation to eat grass.

Prophet Rabalago has become the hero of his rural community -

As he works miracles, Prophet Rabalago has become the hero of his rural community.

His congregants claim that he had already healed some infected with HIV, irregular menstrual cycles, epilepsy, ulcers, to mention only a few.

“I spent two weeks in bed without walking, talking, drinking and eating after the doctor diagnosed me with an ulcer,” said one of the pastor’s followers, Jeanet Maroga. “The pastor only took Doom from his car and sprayed in my mouth and my face and I rose with jubilation and praised the Lord because I was a totally new person.”

The 29-year-old Brenda Lesetja said that a single prayer of Rabalago made her debt for a refrigerator “disappear”. She said she could pay only three of the twenty-four installments, and on the day the shop’s officials came to fetch the refrigerator, they said her debt had been scrapped.

Betty Mashadu, a middle-aged woman who had no water in her borehole now has a flood of water from the same dry borehole after she followed Rabalago’s instructions.

Rabalago is neither the first nor the last of religious leaders using unconventional methods in their efforts to heal people. Others have made their people eat rats, snakes, grass, and even petrol.

Juvial, a Limpopo woman who had serious unpredictable menstural circle was healed after the pastor used doom on her during a healing period, 22 November 2016. Picture: Alex Matlala
Juvial, a Limpopo woman who had serious unpredictable menstural circle was healed after the pastor used doom on her during a healing period, 22 November 2016. Picture: Alex Matlala | Source

Apostle Phillip Sithole made his congregation chew on electric wires

The 25-year-old Apostle Phillip Sithole, known as Hephzibah, made his congregation chew on electric wires. This is supposed to be an ‘act of faith’, or rather a test of one’s faith. If one’s faith is strong enough, one will not be electrified when touching a live electrical wire, he alleged.

This apostle also claimed to turn water into wine. He asked a man to drink the water he had turned into wine, and the man instantly got drunk.

Phillip Sithole, too, was trained by the Doom Prophet's father, Pastor Lesego Daniel - the pastor who ordered his congregation to eat grass.

BMW i8
BMW i8 | Source

Pastor Mboro

Paseka Motsoeneng, the self-proclaimed Pastor Mboro, has bought himself a BMW i8 worth two million rand. He is the founder of the Incredible Happenings Church.

Paseka explained that God has rewarded him for all the work he does for the poor.

"The Bible says, those who take care of the poor, will be lifted up by Jesus. I've been helping the poor. God is rewarding me with a BMW i8."

He recently denied all allegations that he went to heaven and that he is now selling the 'selfies' he has taken in heaven with his Samsung S6i.

In April 2016 Pastor Mboro had to be evicted by the Red Ants from a building which he has been using as a church. A Python skin, a baboon hand and photo editing software were part of the goods removed from the premises, as well as half edited pictures of him in the clouds.

A criminal charge has been filed by the CRL Rights Commission against this pastor for failure to disclose his church's audited financial statements.

Reactions to the Prophet of Doom's doings -


PS: Tiger Brands manufactures Doom.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, Mr Edward Mafadza, called on people who had problems with the pastor’s practices to come forward. He said action against the pastor is difficult to take as no current legislation protects people from becoming willing victims of religious practitioners.

This commission is still busy investigating complaints from the SA Council of Churches against pastors Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Ministries who made his congregants drink petrol, and Pebuel Mnguni who made his congregants eat snake and rat.

The chairperson of the commission, Thoko Nonhle Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, said in a preliminary report released in October 2016 that the CRL recommended a peer review mechanism to curb these kind of instances. This commission will then have authority to scrap pastors who profess to be Christians but go against Bible practices from the role. The commission also recommended that all pastors have a license before they can operate as pastors.

Religious leaders have until end of February 2017 to comment on this document, after which a final report will be released and sent to Parliament for promulgation.

The Limpopo Health Department has advised congregants of the Mount Zion General Assembly Church to seek medical care if they were sprayed with Doom. The department said Lethebo is preying on vulnerable people, and it will ask the prophet to go for involuntary psychiatric assessment. “Our public health specialist is available to assist all those congregants who will want to come,” said MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathumba.

How insecticide can harm humans

The active ingredient in Doom is pyrethroid - a chemical that interferes with an insect’s nervous system. It first paralyzes an insect, and then kills it.

Harmful effects of pesticide on humans -

• Inhalation exposure (when you inhale a pesticide)
The entire respiratory system can be burned by some pesticides, making it difficult to breathe. Some pesticides may not harm the respiratory system, but are carried quickly in the blood throughout the body where it can cause severe damage.
• Ocular exposure (when you get a pesticide in your eyes)
In the eyes it can cause severe irritation, and temporary or permanent blindness. Some pesticides may not irritate the eyes, but pass through the eyes into the body.
• Dermal exposure (when you get a pesticide on your skin)
Pesticides may cause the skin to itch, blister, crack, or change color. Some pesticides can pass through the skin and damage nerves, blood vessels and tissue.

Signs and Symptoms of Harmful Effects

Nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, redness of skin, blisters, burns on skin, swelling, stinging sensations, burns in eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, excessive sweating, chills, thirst, chest pains, difficult breathing, cramps in your muscles, aches all over your body, are all signs and symptoms of harmful effects caused by insecticides.

People having these signs and symptoms should seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Recommended first aid embraces among other artificial respiration if the victim is not breathing.

General comments on controversial methods of healing -


"Really, our black people don't listen and learn. These charlatans (false pastors/prophets) are not from God. Read your bible in the book of Revelations. Our people are blind but the Bible says many people will be deceived. That's true!" (DEN MIKE)

"Nonsense! These people don’t even deserve to be called Christians." (SONWABILE NOMNGANGA)

"If people want to be fooled then let it be.... The Word of GOD says in the end many false prophets will rise, but we must see to it that we do not get deceived. Some people are following these demon possessed pastors blindly!" (CHRISTINA SETLOBOKO)

"This is a sign. For the true church of Jesus Christ it’s time to get ready and prepare ourselves for the 2nd coming of our Lord!!! THESE THINGS MUST HAPPEN THEN THE END WILL COME!!! Pity many souls will be lost through these false prophet/liars and deceivers BUT their reward is at hand with our Master very soon!!!" (JOSEPH MHLANGA)

"This is magic, seriously! These people work together on these scams." (SPEECH KONDLO)

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; in so much that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” - Mat 24:24. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” - 1 John 4:1-6." (LINDZ PETRO)

"We Africans! Why are we so blind not seeing these false prophets and pastors? Open your eyes please and just stay away from these barbaric, heartless pastors." (MAMOSA MOTSOENENG)

"It’s not only blacks or Africans who believe in these things, a group of 900 people killed themselves in the U.S because their pastor told them the gates to heaven were open. Stop coloring this it happens everywhere we just have to be careful not to be victims." (MOSZES MOKGADI)

"I don’t know whether I should carry on going to church or sit and pray in my house. This is a disgrace!" (DUDUZILE MHLAMBI)

"South Africans are no longer interested in the word of GOD, but only in miracles!" (NOKUTHULA ZONDO)

"South Africans are desperate for fame and wealth, that's why they just fall for these false things especially our sisters." (SIPHO PHAKATHI)

(I refrain from posting comments made by white South Africans, as they could be labeled as 'racist'.)

Martie Coetser
Martie Coetser

The opinion of an owfma-sa

"What next?" was about the only thought in my mind when I learned about the latest doings of self-proclaimed pastors and prophets.

I am still not over the hullabaloo about the death and promised resurrection of a pastor I once personally knew in his capacity as the father of two of our music students. This very charismatic pastor believed with all of his being that he was a reincarnation of Jesus and that he would resurrect three days after his death.

After his death he was laid out in his church, exposed to the members of his congregation. Everybody waited in anticipation for the miracle to happen. Sadly, the pastor had to be buried on the fifth day as he was repelling his beloveds with the distinctive odor of death.

What makes some people so vulnerable and even stupid under the influence of a charismatic preacher?

Scientists claim that religion is a way of satisfying one or more of sixteen basic human desires. According to Professor Steven Reiss, a psychologist at Ohio State University, these desires include: to satisfy one's curiosity, to be accepted, to belong to a family/group, to be honored, to satisfy idealism, to be independent, to have order in one’s life, to enjoy physical activity, to have power, to find romance, to save one’s soul and body from eternal death, to have social contact, to have status, to enjoy tranquility, to eat, and to take revenge.

Religion is not about knowledge per se, alleged David Rand at Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory, “It’s more about what type of critical thinking you’re prone to do.”

My article, ‘Con artists troubled with Narcissistic Personality Disorder’ may also shed light on the doings of some gospel preachers.

This is but only my personal thoughts about so-called pastors and prophets and their victims, and who am I after all? Keep in mind that an owfma-sa is an ordinary white middle-aged female living in South Africa. Her opinions are totally powerless.

Let's dance the Gangnam Style!


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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Intriguing article, Martie. Although I know our God is the God of the impossible, few men or women today have the abilities of the first apostles or our Lord Christ. Spraying poison on people is the height of dangerous behavior and this pastor was obviously a menace to poor people. Wonderful article.



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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Bravewarrior, that mindset can only belong to a retard, a mental-ill, or evil person. Really, nobody in his right mind, except perhaps a naughty child, will spray insecticide on people’s faces. Fortunately, the court forbade him to do it again. What a shame: The best of ideologies and policies fail due to people taking advantage of it. Always good to see you, dear Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      All I can say is, unbelievable! How on earth can anyone actually think spraying poison on or in the body will get rid of disease or debt? That mindset is completely unfathomable to me. I don't care how religious a person is, does that make them blind to red flags? Make them unquestionably subservient?

      Wow, Martie. Reading this makes me glad I choose not to worship in a church. My relationship with God is personal. No need for congregations, priests or pastors, or memorizing passages from the Bible. He get me and I get Him. He would never lead me astray. However, prophets and other humans are a different story.

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Genna, I got over the shock, and now I am laughing. What will people not do for money? The province's Department of Health obtained an interdict to stop him from spraying doom on his congregants. So, if he does it again, he will be in big trouble.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Martie. I read about Doom in the news and was shocked. Sithole's practice of making is congregation chew on electrical wires; Pastor Mboro's selling 'selfies' he has taken in heaven with his Samsung S6i... Good heavens, what IS next? I'd thought I'd heard it all. It is a shame this is happening in the rural townships of your beautiful country. Then again, we have a few nuts over here as well. As you noted in one of your comments: Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      AudreyHowitt - scary, indeed - !

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Well this is scary--wow

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Hahahaha, fpherj! A new joke is doing the rounds. A photo of a pastor using a fly-swatter instead of a tin of Doom. Caption: For those who are allergic to Doom.

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie.....could you find out for me how many cans of Doom I need to spray at people to afford a BMW?

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      @ marcoujor – These young quasi-pastors merely walk in the steps of a role model who had managed to obtain status, respect, power in his community – a community composed of ignorant, poorly-educated, naive and innocent people. They are exploiters, con-artists, just as canny as their role model. Fortunately some people can’t be fooled. Thank you, dearest Mar, for your ongoing support.

      @ FlourishAnyway – I've been thinking of him. Sad!

      @ billybuc – true! In a state of despair we test all blades of grass. I swing between sadness, shock, outrageousness and outburst of laughter.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fear and desperation are powerful enemies to rationality. It does not surprise me at all that people believe this. Sad is what it is.

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      2 years ago from USA

      This reminds me of Jim Jones in the 1970s or the Appalachian snake healers. Oh, it makes me shudder.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Listening to Gangnam Style - remembering one of Mom's favorite expressions: "It takes all kinds".

      There is no limit to how far a sociopath will go - this week's news is proof if nothing else.

      Love you and hugs, mar

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      @ mckbirdbks - true! Stories like these momentarily freeze our thoughts. As I've said, people will have faith in anything that keeps their love and hope alive and strong.

      @ Alicia - This 'prophet' also drops rocks on his congregants while they lie on the floor, eager to be hurt. He claims that the impact will heal them. Duh! He even jumps on them. Ugh!

      @ Jackie - We can but only wonder what and who is God, and why does he allow horrors of all sorts. Reviewing the history of mankind, one realizes that humans haven't changed. Only laws that keep them in line have changed, and resources have been developed for the wealthy to enjoy.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, I read the newspaper article, it appears the older people believe in him but not the young people. I hope no one dies from his practice, if it happens, then perhaps, he can be stopped.

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Always - We don't have legislation that can prevent people from endangering their health. Only when somebody dies, or when sombody lies a charge, the law can take its course.

      HP will probably remove this link, but perhaps only after you have read this article about the prophet of doom and what the members of his community think about him -


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I guess the reason the government is not stepping up and stopping this is the same reason our government keep allowing people to protest what the majority has ruled and cause chaos, harm and death and they even encourage it to help their own agendas. Satin is alive and well on planet earth. All we can do is stand on the promises of the real living God until His son comes for us!

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      fpher - Power corrupts. Period. I've been thinking... What if we can rate people (ministers, CEO's, president) responsible for the execution of specific tasks on a daily basis or even montly, would we not see better results? Let them know, when their shares drop below xx, they're out and someone else has to get a turn to make things happen. Instead of relying on political parties, we rely on individuals who claim to be qualified and competent to do what has to be done? Let me dream on...

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The thought of a person encouraging others to expose themselves to dangerous substances is horrific. The fact that it's done in the name of religion makes it even worse. I am so sorry for the poor people who are being injured when they need to find help for a problem.

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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Technically, doom is the cure for everything. Ouch terrible joke, at others expense. I am not sure I can even respond with a comment that can relay my thoughts on this story.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, reading about this gave me goosebumps! My question, why in the H doesn't the government step in and lock these crooks up? They are either crooks or mentally ill. It looks like the people could see the hypocrisy when he purchased a new BMW! I must say that I feel for the people who believe. God bless them...Great article Martie...

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York basically Martie, we can simply agree with one another that "governments" don't differ all that much from country to country! Good Grief~~where are the honest, admirable, moral leaders?!

      Yes....we MUST maintain our sense of humor! Hugs, Paula

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      @ fpherj48 – Mortified is the word! Fortunately, I am still living in one of the many previously ‘for-only-white’ suburbs among highly educated people. The blacks who have bought houses in these suburbs, and are now living among us, are truly smart, refined and educated. So, these kinds of events that happen in the rural townships only sadden us tremendously. After more than 20 years we would have liked to see radical improvements all over the country, but we have a government of black people who is only interested in building their personal wealth with ridiculous high salaries plus corrupt sources of income, while the majority of previous-disadvantaged is still disadvantaged and in dire need of proper education, jobs, money and proper health services. Of course, they are the vulnerable victims of con artists and criminals.

      I am so glad the photo of the woman on her way to church has made you smile. We would not be able to stay sane without using humor to tenderize everything that’s going on here.

      @ MsDora – I agree wholeheartedly with you. Sadly, the process of learning is often painful.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      People are so desperate for miracles that they are willing to believe these charlatan preachers who promise healing and wealth in exchange for money. In the universal controversy between good and evil, each individual is responsible for choosing whom to follow. Those who want to be Christians have the life and teachings of Christ as their guide.

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Martie!! Really!!?? I can barely believe what I'm reading.....have had to re-read a lot of this to be sure it says what I thought it said. I cannot even imagine how someone as bright, aware and "normal" as you are, can look around and tolerate what is going on. ! You must be mortified at the ignorance and insanity.

      So. Africa is going to experience an epidemic of people suffering from the harmful and ill effects of having toxins sprayed into their faces, eyes, mouths & on their skin!

      Just when you think things have gotten as outrageous as ACTUALLY gets worse.

      Martie, dear friend....RUN as fast as you can at the sight of an aerosol can!!.............I absolutely LOVE the photo of the woman prepared to go to church! Bless your wonderful sense of humor! Hugs, Paula

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      @ sallybea – It is hard not to laugh at South Africa, its government and people. Wherever one goes in this country an embarrassment is waiting to deprive one of all hope. I may as well write about ancient kings and priests and people who have lived in the Iron Age. Really, I have no idea how and when this will all end.

      @ shanmarie – The Bible stresses that hope and love are stronger than faith, and love is the strongest. So, because people love themselves and their beloveds, and because their hope includes being healthy, and even being alive in a perfect condition after they have died, they are able and willing to believe almost anything that may satisfy their expectations. (Sigh!)

      @ AshutoshJoshi06 – Unfortunately people see and hear only what they want to see and hear, and therefore educating them is such a difficult task. (Sigh!)

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      Ashutosh Joshi 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Damn these religious psychopaths, they just make a mockery of the religion

      I can totally relate to it with reference to the practices in our part of the world. Both education and awareness is urgently needed for the religiously brainwashed herd mentality!!

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I would rather eat grass than allow myself to be sprayed with insecticide, especially in the face. Might as well drink the Kool-aid and get it over with. It's sad that people accept poison and tempt death in the name of faith.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      2 years ago from Norfolk

      The Prophet of Doom! Education is key to everything. It is clear that the South African Government is failing in its duty to the people. I keep on asking myself, how will this all end! If if were no sad I might even find myself laughing.


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