A South African judge has issued a banning order to prevent a controversial pastor from using Doom insect repellent for “religious healing”.

Judge George Phatudi of the Limpopo High Court ruled that pastor Lethebo Rabalago must stop spraying Doom on members of his congregation.

Last November, Mr Rabalago told the BBC that he used the insecticide for “healing” members of his congregation.

Many South Africans expressed outrage or ridiculed the pastor.

The pastor’s lawyer, Edmond Lubisi, argued in court that no-one in the congregation of Mount Zion had died as a result of the pastor’s actions.

Judge Phatudi reprimanded the pastor, telling him he was neither a scientist nor a chemical expert.

 Source: BBC