Brighton Elliot Moyo, the “resurrection man” succumbed to pneumonia on April 5 after he had fled from South Africa.
According to a TimesLive report, Moyo was born Thabiso Mlanje in a village in Lupane, Matabeleland North, over 150 km from the city of Bulawayo.
Thabiso attended Gogo Primary School where he was known for his football skills. He took the name Brighton Moyo when he got to South Africa.
Thabiso’s family was not aware of the “resurrection miracle” at pastor Alph Lukau’s church in South Africa. Emily Moyo, Thabiso’s grandmother said:
He went to South Africa in 2011 to look for a job. He married a girl from a nearby village. When they had children, they sent them back home and we never knew what he was up to … what we are being told now.
The skeletons in Thabiso’s closet came tumbling out after his death at the local referral hospital, St Luke’s.
His death certificate record is 49/19 – meaning that he was the 49th person to die at the rural hospital this year.
Moyo’s grandmother revealed that when he died, he had lost a lot of weight. She said:
Now when I look at it, the time he was said to have been resurrected is the time he had been in hospital in Johannesburg. I think he was a perfect candidate because he had shed a lot of weight.
Moyo’s brother, Stanley Mlanje, who also works in South Africa, said that Thabiso did not get proper medical care in South Africa because he was running away from the police. That was, in fact, the reason why he returned home with his wife, Simelweyinkosi. Said Stanley:
He always ran away from hospital when he heard there were police around. It was in connection with the ‘miracles’. We decided not to ask him about it because we wanted him to fully recover. I guess the truth has gone with him.
Moyo’s wife, however, distanced herself from her late husband’s resurrection stunt with Alph Lukau.
What he did during his spare time is not my business. I am not in a position to talk about that issue because I am in the dark.
With him gone, we will never know the truth – but I have to go back to South Africa, where I work. He died three days after he was admitted in hospital with severe pneumonia.
Police spokesperson Siphiwe Makonese revealed that they were informed that Moyo was a fugitive from South Africa’s justice system.
She said that according to standard police procedure, the police had to find out how and why they housed someone on the run.
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Matabeleland is a region which covers a considerable part of the south western plateau of Zimbabwe. The area is predominantly home to the Ndebele speaking Zimbabwean societies. Read More About Matabeleland