The credibility of the Church was damaged following a shocking incident. By now, twenty-seven people have already died after a scandalous horrific incident during which a pastor convinced his parishioners to drink a BLEACH. He has identified it as “Jesus Blood” instead of Jik, promising it would “absolve all of their sins and exorcise the demons”.
The total number of victims is forty-five. The worst thing is that 27 people already died only because they were being misled by the blind faith. 18 people are in critical condition.
There are two nurses and four teachers among the people who have fallen victims to the obedience to “authoritative” pastor.
According to the eyewitnesses and survivours, the so-called “Prophet” Rufus Phala made a “miraculous declaration” that he had the ability to turn Jik into the blood of Jesus, likening it to a story in the Bible where Jesus gave his congregants wine to drink, telling them it was his blood.
“Sodium hypochlorite removes stains and disinfects because it is an oxidizing agent. If you inhale the vapors or ingest bleach, it oxidizes your tissues. Mild exposure from inhalation can result in stinging eyes, a burning throat, and coughing. Because it is corrosive, touching bleach can cause chemical burns on your hands unless you wash it off immediately. If you drink bleach, it oxidizes or burns tissues in your mouth, esophagus, and stomach.”
This is a warning message for all South Africans and state authorities and there are no excuses for putting people’s lives at risk. Blind obedience is when people, regardless of whether they believe what they are doing is morally, ethically, or legally right, do what they are told by a leader or a person in control. The issue originates from the quality of education in South Africa. This is pivotal for the production of human capital and cannot be compromised by failing to refocus on the quality of education offered in schools. The inputs in the system such as trained and motivated teachers, buildings and classrooms including sanitation, clean water, instructional material including textbooks, as well as strong leadership with a vision to steer the winds of change are important in providing the desired outcomes.