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The death of anyone is sad. The death of a young man is even sadder. But the death of a young man twice in a matter of weeks is actually quite tragic, writes Howard Feldman.
I am totally freaked out, and I am
more than a little surprised that others aren't. Remember Elliot Moyo? His name
was really Thabiso Proud Mlanje, and he was the bloke who was "resurrected"
by Pastor Alph Lukai at the Alleluia
Ministries International Church a few weeks ago? We all saw that video of him
waking up from his dead state as he lay more or less peacefully in his coffin.
Turns out that he is Zimbabwean.
has died. Again. I kid you not. You absolutely cannot under any circumstances
make this kind of thing up.
news is that this time it appears to be a lot more serious. And the pastor is
not currently in Zimbabwe to lend a hand.
details and the cause of Thabiso's first fatality are somewhat scant, on this
particular occasion, he appears to have died from a terrible case of food
poisoning whilst back in Zimbabwe. His family in fact confirmed that he died on
April 3. And from what I can understand, this time his death is almost
genuinely has to be the most hapless guy in the world. It's bad enough to shuffle
off the mortal coil once, but do so twice in a matter of weeks has to be the
worst kind of luck I have encountered. It's like being in two plane crashes in
a year or being struck by lightening twice in a season. Of course, it can
happen, but it rarely does.
help thinking of what his poor mother would say. I know that my late mom would
have had zero sympathy had this been me. "If you want to climb into a
coffin and play dead that's fine," she would tut-tut, "but don't come
crying to me when you actually do die!" It's pretty much the English version
of "jy wil mos!"
so many questions about this that I am almost beside myself. I keep wondering
if he kept the coffin the first time around, if the pastor felt a
little guilty about not being available and of course if he is really dead, or
if this is just an attempt to make us feel guilty about sharing the video of death
news was confirmed by eNCA who quoted his brother Stanley who confirmed that it
was indeed Thabiso in the resurrection video and that he had died shortly after
arriving back in Zimbabwe.
not of the Christian faith, but I also am a bit unnerved that the whole story
is playing out so close to Easter. It can't be a coincidence, can it?
death of anyone is sad. The death of a young man is even sadder. But the death
of a young man twice in a matter of weeks is actually quite tragic. It's almost
too much to handle. Even for me.
know if there is a superstition about climbing into a coffin and playing dead.
I don't know if Thabiso is more dead today than he was the first time he
perished. I do know that he and the pastor have somewhat of a credibility issue
and that makes me somewhat sceptical. All that aside, if he is still alive and
living in Zimbabwe, I wish him a long and happy life, and if not, then may his
dear soul rest in peace (again).
- Howard Feldman is a keynote speaker and analyst. He is the author of two books and is the morning talk show host on ChaiFM.
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