A South African cleric, Prophet Rufus Phala has made his church members drink disinfectant, Dettol, in order to get healed.
Phala, a pastor with AK Spiritual Christian Church, Makgodu, Limpopo in the North Eastern area of South Africa, instructed his followers to drink the disinfectant, while also acknowledging that it was dangerous to do so.
“I know Dettol is harmful, but God instructed me to use it. I was the first one to drink it,” the pastor said in a video.
He also claimed he has been getting WhatsApp messages from people who say they have been healed by obeying his command of drinking the disinfectant.
Dettol is the trade name for a line of hygiene products manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser.
While the liquid antiseptic may be harmless when mixed with bath water or when cleaning a wound, it is known to be dangerous for internal use.
Phala’s case is coming only few weeks after one Prophet Lethebo Rabalago sprayed his congregation with Doom, a popular brand of insecticide in the country.