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The beginning of the trial of “Doom” Pastor Lethebo Rabalago was expected to draw newshounds in their hundreds when he appears before the Mookgophong Magistrate’s on Monday, 11 December.
The court has set aside the week from 11 to 14 December, for the 24-year-old’s trial, over allegations the Mount Zion General Assembly leader sprayed the insecticide into the faces of the faithful, as part of their healing and redemption.
Pictures of the clergyman spraying Doom into the faces of some of the members of the congregation went viral on social media, drawing condemnation all-round.
According to Limpopo provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Rabalago heard about the trial dates during a brief appearance in court on Thursday, 9 November.
The suspect is currently out on warning.
Investigators have charged Rabalago with a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The pastor’s initial arrest was a sequel to an incident which took place in November 2016, from which images exploded onto social media with the pastor, spraying insecticide into the faces of church members, to the horror of health authorities and elsewhere beyond.
7 months ago 16 November 2017