Bash for man who survived mortuary

2011-08-02 11:46

The family of a Transkei man who made international headlines recently when he “rose from the dead” will host a party to celebrate his “return”, the Dispatch online reported today.

The thanksgiving by the family of 92-year-old Sititshini Magoqwana is scheduled to take place at his Mangcwanguleni home in Libode on Saturday – the day his family had set aside for his funeral.

Magoqwana was presumed dead by his family on July 23, after he had an asthma attack and lost consciousness.

A mortuary van was called and the elderly man taken to Maqolo’s Funeral Parlour. He spent almost 20 hours in sub-zero temperatures in a fridge there.

A security guard patrolling at 5.30pm on Sunday heard someone screaming for help.

He ran to parlour owner Ayanda Maqolo’s office to report what he heard coming from the fridges.

“He told me that he heard someone inside the morgue screaming for help.

“He was so traumatised he was shaking,” said Maqolo, who accompanied the security guard to the fridges.

When they eventually opened it, Magoqwana begged: “Please take me out of this place. It’s so cold.”

An ambulance took him to St Barnabas Hospital and he was discharged after a few hours.

Mangcwanguleni sub-headman Kapa Magoqoza said he visited the old man after the incident.

According to Magoqoza, Magoqwana was aware of everything happening around him after he “died”.

“He said he heard everything from when the family members were crying to when his eyes were closed, but he said he was unable to talk,” said Magoqoza.

Grandson Sivuyile Makunga said the decision to host the ceremony was to thank God for giving their grandpa another chance at life, the Dispatch online reported.

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