Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is in the spotlight again for his comments this time he has been captured on video praying about vaccines being “of the devil” and corrupting people’s DNA — with his comments raising the hackles of one of the country’s top vaccine experts.
He was speaking at an event at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng on Thursday. In what his office confirmed as a prayer, the nearly two-minute video which is circulating widely on social media has Mogoeng starting out by saying: “Whatever phase is said to be coming, Lord, I judge it, I run it down in the name of Jesus. I lock out every demon of COVID-19.”
“I lock out any vaccine that is not of you. If there be any vaccine that is of the devil, meant to infuse 666 in the lives of people, meant to corrupt their DNA… any such vaccine…may it be destroyed by fire,” Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng prays at Tembisa Hospital on Thurs. pic.twitter.com/iavigeTvsK
— Matthew Savides (@matthewsavides) December 10, 2020
This is in an apparent reference to comments health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize made on Wednesday that the country was officially in its “second wave” of Covid-19 infections.
But Mogoeng then switches immediately to talk about vaccines, touching on issues raised in anti-vax circles. “I lock out any vaccine that is not of you,” he prays. “If there be any vaccine that is of the devil, meant to infuse triple-six in the lives of people, meant to corrupt their DNA … Any such vaccine, Lord God almighty, may it be destroyed by fire in the name of Jesus.”
While many people have defended his right to express his religious views and opinions publicly, others warned his latest comments could be dangerous – especially when it comes to some who are still undecided about signing up for the vaccine.
In June, Mogoeng received a string of backlash over his utterances of Israel during a webinar held by the Jerusalem Post expressing his support for Israel.
Okay i support CJ Mogoeng Mogoeng that its his constitutional right to practice his religion but his remarks really could be harmful as they directly/ indirectly promote conspiracy theories and perpetuate the Anti-vaxxer movement.
— MR. THAMANA (@julius_thamana) December 11, 2020