A controversial South African pastor, who gave his church members Jik bleach to drink during service last week, has spoken out to defend his action.
Pastor Ruffus Phala, of Ark Centre Ministry in Makgodu Village, Limpopo, South Africa told Daily Sun he could turn the Jik into the blood of Jesus. he said what his members were drinking wasn't Jik but Jesus Christ's blood.
He said:"Yes, it was Jik before I made the declaration. But after I declared it to be the blood of Jesus Christ it means it's no longer Jik so it won't harm anyone who consumes it.
"He said what he did was similar to what happened in the Bible, where Jesus gave his servants' wine to drink but had said to them "this is my blood".
Limpopo police spokesman Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said they had not received any complaints. He urged the affected congregants to come forward and open a case so cops could investigate.
Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, chairwoman of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural‚ Religious and Linguistic Communities, told Daily Sun they condemned such acts in the strongest possible terms. She said this was an act of people seeking popularity, adding:
"A true man of God will not do such.
"We'll be meeting with the religious umbrellas on Thursday to have a conversation about such acts. We want them to stand up and say, 'Not in our God's name'.
The controversial prophet is the same one who made headlines after he gave his congregation Dettol to drink.