Man 'prevented power cuts through prayer'

2014-01-22 09:07

Johannesburg - A North West man is claiming R250m from Eskom for preventing power cuts through his own prayers, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Nelson Thabo Modupe, of Lichtenburg, has argued that he prevented power cuts during the 2010 Soccer World Cup through his prayers.

He is a member of the Zion Christian Church.

In a letter to Eskom, he said the main reason for load shedding was lightning and wind, and that he had taken it upon himself to pray to God and ask that no power cuts take place.

As a result, Eskom now owes him R250m, because he saved the power utility the burden and humiliation of load shedding.

Alternatively, Eskom can offer him a partnership in the company.

The claim has been placed on the court roll in the North West High Court for Thursday.

  • Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-22 09:11

    There are just no words...

      Dave Elmore - 2014-01-22 09:19

      There are lots of words, just none we can post here.... Aaaahh, but will Eskom never know

      Jo Barton - 2014-01-22 09:19

      The funny thing is that there will be some lawyer who will take his case.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2014-01-22 09:24

      Nothing worse than religious fanatics who try to abuse every situation to make a quick buck. They must make this fool pay for all the legal costs incurred and charge him for wasting the courts time.

      Phillip J Fry - 2014-01-22 09:32

      He should have taken on the ANC instead of Eksdom. There's at least proof of them stealing taxpayers money and misspending.

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-22 09:34

      @Leigh.. there is. its called insanity. how stupid can one really get. I want whatever he is on. I hope he wins his case!

      Elgh Elgh - 2014-01-22 09:38

      Scary thing is that he's allowed to vote.

      Brad Herbert - 2014-01-22 09:46

      I bet he votes for the anc. he is that type of calibre

      Adrian Bruwer - 2014-01-22 10:00

      Is he the sign language dude? Put the dough in the oven at 250 degrees, space-travel, aliens, slash slash escape.

      Alan Rootsey - 2014-01-22 10:01

      Well, when you look at some of the other jokers in Eskom, he would probably fit right in

      Faffa Venter - 2014-01-22 10:01

      I think he misunderstood the power of prayer...ha ha.

      Quenton Crafford - 2014-01-22 10:01

      Bet you R250m they will give it to him only coz of ...........

      NickvanGraan - 2014-01-22 10:08

      So I take it that if this religious man got his windfall, he would donate it all to charity?

      Jimmy Don - 2014-01-22 10:55

      His claim sounds perfectly legit pay him the R250 mil :)

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-01-22 11:02

      Well Eksdom steals from everyone everyday so standing the queue.

      Bobo Mahlobo - 2014-01-22 11:12

      W@ are they eating grass or weed!!!

      Jacques Booyse - 2014-01-22 11:34

      It's just sad that this guy actually believes the crap that comes out of his mouth, I mean seriously not even the Christians would believe this guy

      Trevor Myburgh - 2014-01-22 11:38

      @Mandy, it seems like our dear old Arch also ate the same stuff this dude ate.... He is going to open a gay church lol.... it seems like it's only Christianity, people use to make a quick buck.... I can give you a few quick quotes from the bible, but that won't be enough, you must know the Author, and the Author I know is not an Author of confusion. "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination." LEV 18:22 Its no longer EKSDOM change it to HYSDOM

      Bullet Proof - 2014-01-22 12:12

      Send him to the mad peoples house he need's a shrink.

      Syd - 2014-01-22 13:13

      hahaha, funny..he realized on 2014 that he prevented power cuts on 2010..

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2014-01-22 09:11


      Jan Grimbeek - 2014-01-22 09:13

      He should also just pray for that 250 milion !

      RabbleRouser - 2014-01-22 10:52

      Wouldn't it be easier if he just prayed that the R250 million just appeared in his bank account. That way he doesn't have to bother about all the litigation. If he can pray to keep the lights on then it should be easy and simple to pray for the money to be credited to his bank account without all the fuss.

      Trevor Myburgh - 2014-01-22 11:40

      @jan, you really funny....... lol

  • JamesBlacksmith - 2014-01-22 09:13

    Imagine Moses charging admission fees for anyone wishing to pass through the red sea? No dude, there is a lot wrong with you.

  • Fritz Brits - 2014-01-22 09:14

    and he believes in the tokkelossie

      Jay Man - 2014-01-22 09:27

      Whats the difference? Also a mythical being.

  • luyanda.dick - 2014-01-22 09:14

    He is mad, he must be dreaming in a looney bin, crazy old man

  • Noshika Singh - 2014-01-22 09:16

    Well this story made my morning! I dont know whether to be shocked or just continue to laugh my head off.

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-22 09:27

      I think you should just continue laughing, because the alternative is far too depressing!

  • Phil Man - 2014-01-22 09:16

    Maybe he wants to buy a cabinet job with juju after the elections!!

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2014-01-22 09:16

    So the next claims will be from people who did not get rain due to no lightning in thunderstorms or no thunderstorms at all for a region who is known for getting their rain in the "thunder" periode/summer) and then their will be the claim on eccesive or more than normal heat due to no wind. Can these people claim from God or can they be added as defended to Eskom and have a counter claim against the claimer. Ai tog!

  • Allan McCabe - 2014-01-22 09:17

    Ah, good ol religion.

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-01-22 09:22

      That has nothing to do with religion...

      Jay Man - 2014-01-22 09:26

      It has everything to do with religion. Crazy "ideas" are put forward by religious people EVERY day...why is this any different?

      Leigh-Rose Jenkins - 2014-01-22 09:28

      Really, since when did "praying" have nothing to do with religion?

      Jaco Wium - 2014-01-22 12:37

      Dear Jason, All of this happens under the umbrella of organised religion. Whether you want to deny it or not.

  • Michael Koenane - 2014-01-22 09:18

    Jeez! How do some minds function?

      Jana Jacobs - 2014-01-22 09:42

      they dont

  • Tshepiso Jaytee Ncube - 2014-01-22 09:19

    lol, theres never a dull moment in SA news

  • Luyolo Mgodi - 2014-01-22 09:20

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. FML!!

  • Tee Yokwana - 2014-01-22 09:21

    Maybe we can get him to pray for "Mr Boo" to step down? haha! April Fools came early this year.

  • Praglan Naidoo - 2014-01-22 09:21

    I prayed for the sun to rise this people owe me!!

  • Ryno de Bruyn - 2014-01-22 09:22

    can he pray for my salary to be increased also?

      Ex Dutchman - 2014-01-22 10:13

      No that is SAMCU territory, and you know how they operate. You do not want a man of prayer crossing traditional weapons with them.

  • Phofele Floid Mokwatedi - 2014-01-22 09:22

    hahahaha funny story...!!!...How is he gonna demonstrate the matter at hand to the court that He indeed prevented power-cuts??..

      Jay Man - 2014-01-22 09:29

      Same way all aspects of religion are "demonstrated"... i think they call it (blind) faith.

      Reality - 2014-01-22 11:37

      There were no power-cuts then so it must have worked. The judge must just have faith in his story.

  • Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2014-01-22 09:26

    Shocked for centuries,

  • Leon Pieterse - 2014-01-22 09:27

    Can he pray for e-tolls to go away? And Zuma? And my ex-wife?

      Reality - 2014-01-22 11:54

      E-tolls? Yes Zuma? Yes Your ex-wife? Yes..just deposit R 50 million into his bank account before the end of the day.

  • NuttyZA - 2014-01-22 09:27

    this is no more insane than people praying for a parking space or that their team will or that someone ill will get better through your prayers... either you believe prayer works, or you don't... If you believe prayer works, than you should accept that this man's prayers stop load shedding, and that he is entitled to his R250 Million!!! Otherwise, you are just a hypocrite!!!

      NuttyZA - 2014-01-22 11:59

      Hmmmm... so far 5 down thumbs for my comment BUT no replies in support of these down thumbs... in other words, you do not like what I am saying BUT there is no way you can refute what I posted... nothing like a reality check is there!!!!

  • Harold Fourie - 2014-01-22 09:28

    BWUAHAHAHAAaaa!!!! Now I spilled coffee over everything!

  • Bheka Impilo - 2014-01-22 09:29

    2 Answers for him really. 1st one he must just pray for the R250m also. 2nd if he prays and gets the money and he provides concrete proof that he achieved these two through prayer and was really answered by God, then not only Eskom will give him an extra R250m, I will also throw in the little that I have. LOL

  • Zosh Ntanjana - 2014-01-22 09:30

    Does he have proof of this perhaps in writting..?

      Reality - 2014-01-22 11:39

      No, you must just have faith and believe him. Religion does not work with proof.

  • Mduduzi Khanye - 2014-01-22 09:30

    and yet God did not charge him for preventing the lightning and thunderstorms.....crazy if you ask me

      Reality - 2014-01-22 11:40

      Just shows that God is on his side. Give this guy his money or he might curse us all.

  • Mike Zet - 2014-01-22 09:33

    well holy spirit is talking to him,his tithes and offerings going to work for him,he is got strong faith,eskom is in trouble,don't mess with god he is going to punish you

  • Tshegofatso Nkoana - 2014-01-22 09:33

    *Claps once*

  • Henry Dludlu - 2014-01-22 09:33

    Is suprising that now he resort to court action instead of a prayer again, where is the faith hahahaha!? People like this need to be jailed.

  • LMAK - 2014-01-22 09:33

    hahahaha this is ridiculous. News24 you have made my morning with this story.

  • Diba The-Deadpoet Rodrique - 2014-01-22 09:34

    He will need to pray hard for the judge to rule in his favour.

      Nyanoz Gwele - 2014-01-22 10:22

      lol and sue the judge after because he would have obviously prayed for the ruling to be in his favour!!

  • Ria Cook - 2014-01-22 09:34

    He should be a candidate for the ANC presidency.

  • Tshegofatso Gregstar Matlakala - 2014-01-22 09:36

    hahahahahahahahahahaha..... I want to be at court for this! LOL

  • Allan McCabe - 2014-01-22 09:37

    I'm with Jay Man!

  • Aads - 2014-01-22 09:38

    W.T.F.?????????????????????? - so i can claim from Nr 1 a hell of a lot because my tax money created his home and luxury????????????

  • Winile Dlamini - 2014-01-22 09:40

    it can only be in RSA!!!

  • Phil Man - 2014-01-22 09:41

    Maybe a big shot are in on this to get easy money, anything is possible in Africa.

  • Martin Fourie - 2014-01-22 09:43

    How does something like this even land on a court roll ? Nee wat ou Nelson, hierdie "kite" van jou gaan nie vlieg nie.

  • Nyanoz Gwele - 2014-01-22 09:44

    LOL hahahaha Eskom my i please have my lions share too, i demand 100% of the company!!

  • Nontuthuzelo Ka Svig Jolingana - 2014-01-22 09:44

    Has the world gone mad?????

  • Thapelo Rapotu - 2014-01-22 09:45

    Spritual charges ! I wonder if he can write that amount he's demanding with his left hand backward ..

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-22 13:10

      I've got nine hundred million, thirty thousands and sixty thousands rand problems but Eskom ain't one. Did I say it right? F&*k it, I learned from my president.

  • Staar - 2014-01-22 09:45

    And Drama never ends in SA LOL

  • Richard - 2014-01-22 09:46

    HE will need the 250 mil for mental treatment.

  • Stephan Du Plessis - 2014-01-22 09:47

    I not sure which is more ridiculous, his claim for R250m or the fact that it was allowed to go on the court roll.

  • Figureof Speech - 2014-01-22 09:49

    Eskom, please compensate the man. He has done a wonderful job and saved you from being humiliated.

  • Ame Ombre - 2014-01-22 09:55

    Fascinating story... This amusing character does not seem able to differentiate between what is real & what is imaginary!

  • Andre Janse van Rensburg - 2014-01-22 09:56

    What? April already? If his claim is successful I'm gonna sue him for half because I prayed that het would pray and that his prayers would be answered.

  • Lynda Miracle Masuku - 2014-01-22 09:56

    I also prayed, how sure is he his prayers were the ones that worked and not mine?

      Figureof Speech - 2014-01-22 13:04

      Because you're a sinner and he is a saint.

  • C'ya Khubone - 2014-01-22 09:59

    Madness at its best

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-01-22 10:00

    And the claim has actually been placed on the court roll? North West high court obviously not very busy.

  • Jerome Naidoo - 2014-01-22 10:03

    Aah the wheel is turning, but the hamster is definitely dead!

  • Cebo Dladla - 2014-01-22 10:04

    why is this nonsense placed on the court roll, where does it end, the guy should be admitted & share a room with that interpreter guy, he's obviosly kookoo!

  • Valentine Masina - 2014-01-22 10:04

    Power of prayer changes things you know. But this little jerk must be gold digging at Eskom. Anywhere we havent had a good laugh in a long time. ZCC the tea guys... Just give him some tea, its all he needs.