South African woman dies after pastor puts speaker on her to demonstrate God's power

A South African woman has allegedly died of internal injuries after their pastor put a very large speaker on top of her in an attempt to demonstrate God's power.

(Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)A visitor looks at a display showing Panasonic network loudspeakers during the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 4, 2014.

On Sunday, Pastor Lethebo Rabalango of the Mount Zion General Assembly in Polokwane hosted a night of worship wherein he taught about demonstrating God's power. The pastor highlighted Jesus' ability to walk on water and claimed that he could also do anything through his faith, Laila's Blog details.

Pastor Rabalango attempted to demonstrate God's power by promising a female congregant that she would feel no pain if he put a heavy speaker on top of her. He asked the girl to lie down and told ushers to put a big speaker on her stomach. The pastor also climbed on top of the speaker, causing the girl to suffocate and pass out.

The pastor reportedly stayed on top of the speaker for five minutes before he ordered the ushers to remove the speaker. However, the congregants saw that she had already fainted and some elders had to administer first-aid treatment. The girl complained of a broken rib so she was taken to the hospital, but she reportedly died of internal lung injuries.

The pastor, on the other hand, blamed the girl for what happened. Rabalango accused the congregant of having little faith, and so was unable to withstand the task.

Earlier this year, another South African pastor stirred controversy when he claimed to perform a miracle by allegedly pouring boiling water on his church members. Apostle Thamsanqa Sambulo of Thy Word Kingdom Harvest Ministries also shocked his congregants by pouring the boiling water on himself as a demonstration of his faith, the Nigerian Bulletin reports.

Apostle Sambulo reportedly asked a member to boil water in the kitchen and pour it on his chest. Then, he challenged the congregants to also prove their faith by doing the same and poured the hot water on the hands of the volunteers.