Earthquake ‘prophet’ strikes panic in KZN

2008-10-21 00:00

An earthquake prediction by a self-styled prophet has caused mass panic in KwaZulu-Natal.

Eric Maduna, who calls himself a “prophet of God”, told a local tabloid newspaper that a massive earthquake will devastate the province in the next two weeks.

His prediction was circulated via e-mail and letters that were sent to local police stations and community organisations.

Maduna said that he had visions of people being killed.

Worried callers phoned East Coast Radio in Durban to find out if there was any truth in Maduna’s prediction.

A meteorologist based at Durban International Airport’s weather office, Colin Anderson, said KwaZulu-Natal is not subject to earthquakes as it does not lie along fault lines in the Earth’s plates.

He said that it is possible to feel the odd tremor from the south coast, which sometimes experiences earthquake after-effects from the ocean.

“Tremors are also common in Johannesburg because of the large amount of mining that is done there,” he said.

Anderson advised people to calm down as “nobody is going to die”.

Maduna is not new to controversy. In July this year, a magistrate in Bulawayo fined him ZW$20 billion after he pleaded guilty to illegally crossing the Beitbridge border post into Zimbabwe.

Maduna, who entered the country without valid travel documents, told the court that he had entered the country to deliver a “God-given message” to President Robert Mugabe that Zimbabwe needed cleansing.

He was later deported back to South Africa. Two Zimbabwean border post soldiers were arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of R100 before allowing him into the country.

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