I was with zombies, 'resurrected' man says

2012-02-06 22:22

Durban - A man claiming to be resurrected maskandi artist Mgqumeni will appear in the Nquthu Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Detectives from provincial headquarters had been dispatched to Dundee to investigate the man's claims, Colonel Jay Naicker said on Monday.

The man was taken in for questioning on Sunday on suspicion of fraud after he made his first public appearance. He remains in police custody.

He claimed to be the multi-award winning traditional Zulu folk music artist who was buried in 2010, whose real name was Khulekani Khumalo.

Khumalo died in December 2009 after drinking something he got from a traditional healer. He was buried by his family in the KwaGxobanyawo cemetery in early 2010.

The man claiming to be the resurrected artist, told The Times newspaper: "I have been suffering a lot at the place where I was kept with zombies. It was hell there and I am so grateful that I was able to free myself and return to my family and you, my supporters."

Investigations would determine whether the police needed to file a High Court application to exhume the body thought to be Khumalo's.

After news broke on Thursday of Khumalo's arrival at his family's homestead in Nquthu, near Dundee, hysterical fans went to the village, according to weekend reports.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-06 22:35

    "Investigations would determine whether the police needed to file a High Court application to exhume the body thought to be Khumalo's" Somebody out there please tell me that the police are not seriously planning to exhume the body in order to establish whether this imaginative soul is telling the truth or not.

      Peter - 2012-02-07 06:15

      We really are a Third World country.

      Andre - 2012-02-07 07:20

      Are you surprised? Many in the police are ancestor worshippers and they would believe things like this!

      Modipi Ngulube - 2012-02-07 07:43

      What if he is telling the truth?

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-07 08:29


      Josh - 2012-02-07 08:54

      That part is most likely the SA news companies hyping it all up. Why would they even consider exhuming before they have even checked finger prints. How to make no news in to some news. Read through the lines.....

      Ntombizonke - 2012-02-07 09:08

      what about fingerprint and DNA? before thinking about exhume the body.

      Zion - 2012-02-07 09:52

      Ladies and gentlemen the date is 07 February 2012. Some think it is 07 February 1450. and somewhere in LONDON or Central Africa.

      Peter - 2012-02-07 10:00

      The sad thing is I don't think Modipi is joking. Then again I wonder - is your surname really Ngulube, can't say I know any Zulu's who would be happy with a surname like that? You are joking, right?

  • lawrence.ostle - 2012-02-06 23:07

    Checks date - no, it's not April the 1st..

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-02-06 23:08

    Why do "Khulekani" remind me of a Ausie poisenous jelly fish.. No that is "Irrekanje" or something like that...Maybe it is a cross between one of those and a "coelecanth", that fossil fish. That may make sense. He drank poison and become a living fossil. Hie hie hieeee.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-06 23:51

    I don't even see why police were brought into this matter. He just needs a good ol' doctor. But then again, we have Christianity and all these other beliefs, and Gods, and people who have claimed to be sons of Gods and others claiming to have had real conversations with these...Gods. So give the poor oke a break.

      uurrghhh - 2012-02-07 06:20

      Godfrey... you're a comedian of note that was the funniest satirical comments I have ever read

      uurrghhh - 2012-02-07 06:35

      And to think I is a Engliss teacher as waal...

  • uurrghhh - 2012-02-06 23:57

    I've just heard this story repeated on BBC... I wonder whether they will be sending a team to cover the trial... first we have our president and his three wives and his mistress and now we have walking zombies... what next

      Scouter - 2012-02-07 02:25

      Ummmmmm walking zombies are quite common in the South African corridors of power, or so I am told.

  • John - 2012-02-06 23:57

    "I was kept with zombies" Must have felt right at home...

  • Brigette - 2012-02-07 00:22

    I need to get some of the stuff this guy is sniffing.

      uurrghhh - 2012-02-07 06:17

      Meeee tooo... although I think he was probably smoking it not sniffing it

  • Thokozane Maloka - 2012-02-07 03:44

    This guy was taking a chance.

  • molopez30 - 2012-02-07 04:32

    Sounds like a plausible story from a reasonable person

      Peter - 2012-02-07 06:18

      I get the feeling some people thought you were being serious ...

  • Victor - 2012-02-07 04:58

    seems legit.................. lol

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-07 06:19

    Zombies? Fine . . off with his head!

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  • Vuyo - 2012-02-07 06:45

    Why not take the police to the place where zombies are kept.

  • uurrghhh - 2012-02-07 07:01

    Here is the nuws read by Harrybyspooniluv V. Muckagee: "Police announced today that DNA test have in actual fact determined that the man claiming to be the walking dead is indeed who he claims to be. His wife has filed for divorce claiming "irreconcilable differences"

      Lara - 2012-02-07 07:20

      I would have thought she would be happy to have him back. Him being permanently stiff and all.

      Ntombizonke - 2012-02-07 09:21

      @uurrghh his wife was happy to see him, she even confess it him by his spot in his private part.

  • Amos Tsamaiso - 2012-02-07 07:12

    U tried a luck.U tried n failed atleast u ddnt fail 2 try SORRY papa

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  • mseefort - 2012-02-07 07:41

    Our real life SA Tupac ..."HIT E'M UP"

  • Fikile Monnye - 2012-02-07 07:47

    He should have brought one zombie for proof in court.

  • Fikile Monnye - 2012-02-07 07:47

    He should have brought one zombie for proof in court.

  • Modipi Ngulube - 2012-02-07 07:47

    What if this man is telling the truth, then what? Some people act like they know it all here on news24.

      Zion - 2012-02-07 08:01

      Do you believe in zombies? No, no, no, not those guys that walk around sniffing glue but those ouks that are dead like in vrek, dood, dead, moer toe, passed away, in the happy hunting ground, The late, etc.

      johann.greffrath - 2012-02-07 08:02

      Fine, everyone is "speculating" that the man is a fraud, and at face value we have to admit that there's a small chance he is in fact a resurrected man. However, look at the balance of probabilities: what's more likely, that this is a famous musician, buried two years ago and now returning, thereby defying decades of hard science in physics, chemistry and biology... or is it more likely that he's a nutcase looking for an easy fifteen minutes of fame by spin-doctoring the superstitious masses? You the viewer decide.

      Modipi Ngulube - 2012-02-07 11:46

      As far as I am concerned we should keep open minds to new possibilities, the norms we encounter every day don't reduce the abnormalilties to impossible. I would rather wait for the police to exhume the grave. Until there are hard facts rather speculate than be close minded about this. Zion while I'm not a strong believer of zombies, maybe zombies was the closest word he could find to explain the things he saw

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-13 17:03

      you are the people who pretend to know it all modipi or whatever you call yourself

  • Zion - 2012-02-07 07:55

    We are also suffering a lot where we are kept with a bunch of zombies. In fact our world is filled with the stuff.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-13 17:06

      so escape and notify the police of your real world or else you bound to suffer for life that is if you are not dead already, zion!

  • Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-07 08:22

    Uh, Dude, sorry to break this to you but if you are\were dead and suddenly get resurrected, well, it makes you a zombie too, sweetie... Brains....

      Zion - 2012-02-07 08:45

      Besides the jokes and the lighter element I see you actually believe in Zombies. Is the brain also resurrected?

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-07 09:20

      @Zion - You ARE being sarcastic, right?

      Zion - 2012-02-07 09:46

      Nicole sorry if you interpret my comment as sarcastic. I was merely trying to fathom out if your comment was sarcastic based on mine or who were you referring to?

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-07 10:30

      LOL! No need to apologize. My comment was aimed at our poor protagonist of the article and not at your post. Yes, I do believe there might be a small chance that zombies exist but only in the form of Haitian folklore and not like the living corpses glorified by Hollywood. I'm pretty sure that "Mr. Mgqubeni" has a mental condition somewhere in the lines of schizophrenia and its sad that instead of receiving the necessary treatment he is being prosecuted for fraud.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-07 08:28

    Can't they just get fingerprints and DNA before they go running and exhuming the body?

  • bonginkosi.kubeka - 2012-02-07 08:47

    It is ironic that out 'civilized' Paler brethren can laugh at this and call it all matter of names to demonstrate how backward Africans are. Yet in the same vein they still believe that Elvis Presley, Hitler, etc are still alive & sightings of them here there and everywhere! HOW IRONIC!

      Henry - 2012-02-07 08:53

      I just saw Elvis now, when I got to work. Ironically he just left the building with Hitler. What are odds of that? Outside of Vegas!!!!

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-07 09:08

      Generalizing a bit there aren't you? My aunt used to believe she was possessed by the spirit of Princess Diana. We still visit her once a month at the hospital. She calls me Suzan.

      Zion - 2012-02-07 13:42

      Hey, whoa, stop the lorry just there matey. Yes Elvis is alive he lives in solitude in the desert near California and still strums Jailhouse rock on his geeta. I passed there a few weeks ago. When I returned he was in a little church close by crying. Yes you guessed it: Crying in the Chapel. At his side there was a nasty looking dog called Hound Dog. He stood up and asked me "Who the donner are you?" When I walked out he said sarcastically "Walk like an "Egyptian" I suggested he sing "Suspicion" and forget who the thunder am I. Yes Elvis lives, shor he does. Who am I to argue.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-02-07 09:07

    There were an awful lot of people in a discussion here yesterday who are quite happy to believe that people can be brought back from the dead. But that's different of course, they're christians.

  • Onke Dali - 2012-02-07 09:20

    Guys as a kid I heard these stories being told a million times, sangoma's have been known to do this as a means of getting that "dead" person to do things for them. The thing that was buried in the coffin is what they call impungulu, it resembles the person who's supposed to be dead but infact it's another zombie that the sangoma has probably grown tired of. Hollywood could never write this sh*t I tell ya

      Sifiso - 2012-02-07 09:26

      u r learned, thank u.

  • Sifiso - 2012-02-07 09:33

    Zombies, no ways, these folks they believe in ancestors, what do u expect...bla bla bla. The fact is, black people in general must start compiling their own experiences, these people thing they now everything. The other fact is, people who claim they now so much , cos they have masters degrees and staff, believe me, they now so little , is nothing about what happens in the spiritual realism, these things are beyond human nature, and they do happen. In the bible, Abraham claimed he always spoke to God, if this was to happen today, people will go bizarre, especially in South Africa, worse if that person is black.

      Peter - 2012-02-07 10:03

      And you really believe yourself. Thats disheartening.

      uurrghhh - 2012-02-08 06:54

      "thing they now everything..."??????? "cos they hace masters degrees and staff..."???? "...they now so little..."???? "people will go bizarre...."????? Sifiso I am an English teacher... contact me and I'll try and arrange some on-line lessons (I live in the Far East) at a very affordable rate...

  • ronald.stilianou - 2012-02-07 09:44

    maybe, just maybe he is telling the truth and was locked up by a group of fanatical scientists who performed inhumane medical experiments on the poor fellow, I mean, he talks about other inmates with nails in their heads......sounds like a cool video game to me, I'll play it.

  • Brett - 2012-02-07 09:44

    Just because he smells dead doesnt mean he is...

  • grant.schaefer - 2012-02-07 10:47

    Whiskey Tango foxtrot...TIA

  • Zulumfana - 2012-02-07 11:08

    News24 the later comer to the party...this publication is history. DNA and fingerprints were taken on Sunday, the later were no match to the deaceased and later proved this 'skelem' to be a con artist. DNA results are expected this afternoon. The 'con artist' is the cells and appearing before the Magistrate today for faking identity. Welldone SAPS for applying common sense, no exhuming of the deaceased is expected at a moment as cited by News24.

  • Ramo - 2012-02-07 11:56

    Dump typical ZULU

  • khanyisani.s.dlomo - 2012-02-07 12:26

    This Zombie is not #MGQUMENI he is fooling the nation and he must rot in jail.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-02-07 12:52

    Hahahaha! Hahahahahahaha! Bwahahahahahaha! Banana anyone...?

  • Mqondisi - 2012-02-08 02:46

    Ok let me get this straight, Samson was lured by Delaila and she shaved his hair and he was removed his eyes, but our Mgqumeni has his dreads shaven by imikhovu and instead of cutting his tongue and put a nail on his head, they decided to put a gold tooth, ai ai ai!!!

  • Kathy - 2012-02-08 19:30

    Without pictures nor the facts surrounding his death and burial it is really hard to say what is true. It is known that there are certain concoctions that when ingested can mimic death, enough to even cause confusion in a medical setting. Those knowledgeable in such things also have the "resurrection" compound at the ready. So it is entirely possible that he was drugged and taken surreptitiously to a place as yet unknown. At that place he could have been kept drugged along with other people who had fallen victim to the same sort of crime. If everyone was drugged and kept in a stupor they may very well appear to fit the popular idea of a zombie. And if their captors told them they were zombies after a while they may have come to believe it was true. As to what purpose those who would commit such a crime might have I couldn't really say. Although humans are capable of doing heinous things for religion and/or money. Or it could be a pretty inventive con, or a guy who is off his meds. As long as he plays the music well and harms no one, assuming that he had not been zombified, just let him enjoy his new incarnation and everyone else can enjoy the music. Although I do worry about his safety considering the stories I have read lately about the many murders of people believed to be "witches" in certain areas of Africa. I am not casting aspersions on Africa or her people. Hell we have religious fanatics in the US as well. Unfortunately several of the are trying to be president.

  • haledizyea - 2012-02-09 05:26

    if hes an undead muscian then im barack obama

  • Mfudzi - 2012-02-13 17:11

    zion is not in his right frame of mind, or he is a zombie in the wrong place. wake up and see the light zion, khumalo did it

  • Virginia - 2012-02-14 12:51

    Gosh people believe such crap! 3rd world - what about 5th world!!

  • dimotj - 2012-02-15 08:03

    LMFAO,"I have been suffering a lot at the place where I was kept with zombies",yeah right

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