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South Africa: Family buries Pastor after waiting 579 days for his resurrection
21/03/2023 22:52 in International News

This week, a South African funeral company was obliged to acquire a court injunction in order to bury the remains of a 53-year-old pastor who had been at the mortuary for nearly two years.


Pastor Siva Moodley died on August 14, 2021, but his body was kept at a funeral parlour in Johannesburg because his family believed he would be resurrected.


Moodley, who founded 'The Miracle Centre,' was laid to rest in Westpark Cemetery in the presence of his brothers and extended family, despite the absence of his wife and two children.

According to Ryan Brown, a claims manager at the funeral home, the Gauteng High Court approved the burial after the mortuary highlighted health concerns due to the family's silence for over a year.


They claimed the family had failed to claim the body 579 days after the pastor died, despite the funeral house making 28 attempts to contact Moodley's wife and children for instructions, including emails, more than 40 WhatsApp messages, and attorney's letters.


According to court documents, shortly after Moodley's death in 2021, one of the church members asked the undertaker who went to remove the body how long it could be kept at home before it began to decay.


The family was asked to transport the body to the mortuary, but they later refused to seek or consent to their kin's burial or cremation.


"They did not want to become involved in funeral arrangements, but the repercussions related environmental health and hazard implications were presented to the first, second, and third respondents if no burial was arranged," according to court documents obtained by News24.


The deceased's wife is believed to have told the undertaker that she had a vision that her husband could be revived at the time.


According to Moodley's ministry's teachings and beliefs, it is typical to see drastic healings such as blind eyes and deaf ears opening, legs developing, and malignancies or tumours disappearing.


The website also documents remarkable events from the past. For example, it claims that during one of Moodley's sessions in 2003, one Caid Bailey was the first person to be raised from the dead, and that a baby was also purportedly raised in 2013 after dying during childbirth.


According to reports, the infant was "brought to life in a miracle service after Doctor Siva prayed for the mother in a coma."


Another alleged miracle was "supernatural weight loss," in which "kilos instantaneously fell off people."

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