Meet the Zulu Jesus

After the recent claims by an Australian man that he is Jesus Christ, it seems as if South Africa is not to be outdone. KwaZulu-Natal now has its own self-proclaimed Jesus, with a compound, followers, and everything. No word yet on how Australia’s Jesus is taking this.

A man from Eshowe who claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ is being accused of tearing families apart. Moses Hlongwane believes he is immortal and has already gathered over a dozen disciples and set up a compound in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town. “I will never die, as God gave me as a command,” he said during an interview with eNCA.

Moses said he, like his namesake, spent years in the wilderness and has been resurrected as the Son of God. “I was in this room from 1992 and have spent 22 years in a fight with the devil and have overcome him,” said Hlongwane. “As I speak to you I will never see death and I am now getting ready for the opening of the graves and healing of blind and lame.”

One of his disciples is 84-year-old Paul Sibiya, who gives his entire pension to Hlongwane.

He says he and many of those living in the compound are on government grants. “I am a pensioner, however, I don’t use it (social grant) to support my wife but I give to the king of kings as a financial boost,” he said.

Sibiya has abandoned his wife of 41 years to move into the compound. Sibiya’s wife Alfin said her husband decided to dump her for his religious convictions. “When I asked him why, he told me it was the sacrifice he needed to make for his soul.”

The disciples said their mission was to get the whole world to acknowledge Hlongwane as the legitimate Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Dr. David Millikan, a Uniting Church Theologian, has warned that such movements can have negative effects for their followers. “The danger is you’ll be drawn closer and closer into his web to a point that you lose access to your social life, you spend all your money, you’ll have the curses of all your family ringing in your ears and you may well lose your relationship,” Millikan observed.

While some people question the legitimacy of this Jesus, others wonder about the motivation for this scepticism. “Do you doubt him because he’s black?” was among the comments aired over the social media-sphere. What do you think?

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