The mortuary, where a middle-aged man was allegedly preserved before he was two days later “raised from the dead” by a Johannesburg preacher, has distanced itself from the controversial miracle.
Kings and Queens Real Funerals says they only provided transport services to alleged family members of the “deceased”, and that the “raised man” hadn’t been stored in their facility as claimed by sections of his family members.
The funeral service provider terms the “deceased” man family’s claims as “damaging to our reputation”.
“We were approached by alleged family members of the deceased who informed us they had encountered a dispute with a different funeral service provider and would like to use our transport services which we offered them,” said Kings and Queens Real Funerals in a statement posted on their Facebook page Monday.
“We did not supply the coffin, neither did we store the deceased at our mortuary and no paper work was processed by Kings and Queens Funerals,” added the funeral service provider.
Kings and Queens Real Funerals says alleged family members of the “deceased” approached them without requisite documents to prove where, when and how the man died.
“As a Funeral Services Provider we do not offer services without documentation neither do we repatriate bodies without any paper work,” said the funeral home.
“We are in the process of taking legal action for this malicious damage to our image,” said Kings and Queens Real Funerals.
On Sunday, a video of preacher Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries International resurrecting a “dead” man, went viral on social media.
During the church service in Johannesburg, the coffin with the man’s body was removed from the hearse as congregants gathered around it.
A woman who claimed to be the man’s landlord told Lukau that the man got sick and started coughing on Friday, which prompted them to take him to the hospital.
“That is where he died in my hands,” she said.
The woman, however, did not reveal which hospital the man had been rushed to.
Lakau began to pray for the body, which reportedly came straight from the mortuary, prompting the man to sit up in the coffin with his mouth and eyes wide open.
Later, the “resurrected man” was seen eating a sumptuous meal in church as his body shook occasionally.
The video has received razor-sharp criticism from thousands of online users, who have expressed skepticism at the “miracle”.