Woman’s 40-day fast to death

2011-01-22 00:00

PURITY Nelisiwe Majozi fasted and prayed non-stop for about 40 days for others. Her zeal ended her life.

Her partially decomposed body was found in her up-market flat in Pietermaritzburg this week, about 10 days after her death.

Majozi (43), a daughter of Inkosi Sphiwe Majozi of amaQamu tribal authority in Camperdown, was a known intercessor — someone who fasts and prays intensely on behalf of other people.

The discovery of her body in her Crestview flat in Roberts Road, Clarendon, left her family members and friends shocked.

The former student of the Union Bible Institute in Sweetwaters graduated with a diploma in theology in November. Deputy principal at the institute Marj Patrick said it was common for Majozi to fast and pray for many days.

“She would fast and pray for the needs of her family and the needs of others. Her fasting would go on for the whole week.

“Despite the fact that she would survive by only drinking liquids, she would remain energetic.

“During the three years of her study she fell ill once as a result of fasting,” said Patrick.

Patrick described Majozi as a “big sister” to her fellow students. She said she participated in a number of community projects, and was a member of the college choir.

“She joined the college after abandoning her full-time job. She came here to commit herself to Christian service and full-time Bible study. She came with confidence knowing that it was God’s plan, and she accomplished it when she graduated,” she said.

Patrick said she is expecting 2010 graduates from all over the country to attend Majozi’s funeral today.

Majozi’s mother Florence ma­Mkhize-Majozi (69) said she and Majozi were on a 40-day fasting period prior to the tragedy.

“We were all in 40 days fasting, but she was too extreme in doing it,” said maMkhize-Majozi.

Her elder sister, Mpume Ndaba, said she last spoke to Majozi a few weeks before the gory discovery of her body.

Residents at Crestview flats where she lived, said that on the day her body was discovered, they complained about an awful smell.

“The smell was coming from her ground-floor flat. A caretaker managed to get into her flat and found her body lying in the middle of the bathroom door. There was a glass of water next to her and there was no food in the house,” said a resident, who asked to remain anonymous.

Inkosi Majozi (72) said his daughter was a reserved person who preferred to be alone.

Ndaba said the funeral service will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Students’ Union Hall in the city.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police are waiting for the results of a postmortem examination to determine the exact cause of death.

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