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Did preacher order sick congregant to drink Dettol antiseptic for healing?

A South African pastor has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after ordering a sick congregant to drink an antiseptic for healing.

Prophet Rufus Phala of AK Spiritual Christian Church in Makgodu, Limpopo, was pictured in his church helping a female congregant to take sips of Dettol antispetic.

Photos and a video of the incident have been shared widely on social media.

In the video, Prophet Rufus tells the congregants to drink the antiseptic, promising they will be healed of their sickness.

“I know Dettol is harmful, but God instructed me to use it. I was the first one to drink it,” he claimed.


This comes a week after the Limpopo health department obtained a court order barring another pastor from spraying Doom insecticide on his congregants.

According to the website, “the health department obtained an interdict ordering Lethebo Rabalago of Mount Zion General Assembly and his church members to refrain from spraying or applying Doom on people.”

After being criticised for using Doom, Pastor Rabalago had posted photos of himself after spraying doom to his eyes and mouth, insisting that it was not harmful in any way.

“The Man of God, Prophet Lethebo, demonstrated the power of God by himself. By putting in his eyes and on the face and also the mouth. He is giving you answers. We are born of the spirit,” reads the caption on the latest pictures.

South Africa has been leading in the number of pastor’s using weird ways to cure ailments and demonstrate the power of God to congregants.

Other cases have in the past been reported in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and recently Tanzania.