“Lord God Almighty with the sword of justice you have given me I slay this giant [Covid-19]now,” declared Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in a bold prayer at the end of his message of encouragement to healthcare workers at a thanksgiving ceremony at Tembisa Hospital yesterday.
Not one to water down his Christian conviction in order to avoid possible controversy, he told his his audience before he started his prayer that he just prays as he is led. And indeed his words regarding Covid-19 vaccines in his prayer have sparked reaction on social media and news media.
He prayed that “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 a briefing with media today, Mogoeng said he stood by his prayer. He reportedly said that he was not asserting that a “666 vaccine” exists but that if there is such a vaccine he wants God to destroy it.
And he added that if there is a “clean” vaccine “they must produce it quickly because people need it”.
You can click on the link below to watch his complete prayer as recorded by SABC News: