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article imageOp-Ed: Man 'back from the dead' claims to be singer kidnapped by zombies

By Elizabeth Batt     Feb 10, 2012 in Odd News
Johannesburg - In one of the oddest storys ever, a South African man alleged he was a famous dead folk singer who had come back to life after being held by zombies. But that's not the weirdest part of the tale.
Khulekani Mqgumeni Khumalo, was a South African award-winning traditional maskandi musician who died in 2009 after ingesting a poisonous healing brew. Just a few days ago, he supposedly came back from the dead after being kidnapped and held by zombies, who he claimed, wanted to put a nail in his head.
His tall tale was apparently quite feasible because fans descended on his home at Nquthu in droves, some traveling from as far away as Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Pretoria, just to get a glimpse of the musician. As the crowd jostled to lay eyes on their hero, a riot broke out, forcing police to use water cannons to control the jostling crowd.
Mqgumeni Khumalo had been buried by his family in a KwaGxobanyawo cemetery in 2010. The folk singer was so popular that his funeral was attended by politicians, radio personalities and of course, fans. Yet here the man was, returned from the dead, having awoken in a field in Johannesburg last week.
According to South African newspaper, The Times, he tried to convince his fans that he was not dead but had disappeared after he became a victim of ukuthwetshulwa or witchcraft used to capture a person’s spirit soon after death:
"I am Mgqumeni. And I know that some of you might not believe, but yes, it's true. It's me."
To further convince the crowd (who despite Mgqumeni's appalling condition, demanded he sing a song), the man responded:
"I have been suffering a lot at the place where I was kept with zombies. It was hell there and I am so grateful that I was able to free myself and return to my family and you, my supporters. I promise to continue singing once I gather enough strength."
For good measure said the Daily News, the former musician said:
"I have always been alive. I have lost a lot of weight but it is me. This is because I have been living under difficult conditions. My facial and body appearance has changed. No one can pretend to be someone else in front of so many people."
Surely he jests?
Apparently, South African police thought the same thing, and took the man into custody to perform a DNA test. Which, as it turned out, was not necessary because the man was declared an impostor from his fingerprints.
Still, the weirdest part of the story is yet to come.
Although a long-time friend who was raised with Mqgumeni Khumalo, declared, "the man is a fraud, a bogus criminal who has well rehearsed," Khumalo's grandfather, grandmother, and two of his former wives, became convinced it was him and expressed their delight that he had returned home.
Go figure.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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