South African pastor Lethebo Rabalago has been found guilty of assault with intent to cause bodily harm.

The verdict was handed down in the Mookgopong Magistrates Court on Friday.

Lethebo Rabalago made headlines in 2016 after it emerged that he had been spraying his congregants with Doom insecticide and falsely claiming it could cure illnesses.

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

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The Limpopo Health Department opened a case against the so-called “Doom pastor”.

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.

Spokesperson Thabiso Teffo says government welcomes today’s guilty verdict.

“We’re excited on the basis that courts are able to realise that if we don’t do much more prevention, in the future we might have people suffering from various illnesses from this pastor spraying them with Doom. We hope there will be a clarion call to all those pastors who want to do similar acts.”

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