Religious leaders or the so called religious leaders have for the past few days, weeks, months and years dominated the headlines.
Now the latest controversy is of a South African pastor, Siva Moodley who passed away last year in August but is yet to be buried.
The 53 year old’s body lies at a funeral parlour in Fourways, Gauteng as the family await a miracle of a resurrection.
Moodley died on 15 August, 2021, after falling ill. His body has been kept at Martin’s Funeral Home since then.
Martin du Toit the manager of the funeral home confirmed how the deceased’s body was still at his morgue.
“After Pastor Moodley’s death, his family and members of the church used to visit the funeral home to pray for his resurrection. The last visit was in September last year. Nobody has come to view the body since then. There is no news about his funeral,” said Du Toit.
Du Toit lodged an application at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to have Moodley’s body buried or cremated but the application is yet to be decided upon.
“It is a civil matter. I cannot make the decision to bury or cremate him on my own. It has to come from his family but they are not saying anything. He was a well-known man and does not deserve this kind of treatment. I hope the court can provide some relief.”
Ever since his death, church services have been going on normally and even live streamed on different social media pages.
These are carried out by his wife, Jessie, son, David, and daughter Kathryn Jade.
The church has allegedly not openly acknowledged his death on social media or informed the congregation of his whereabouts. His social media accounts, notably Facebook and Twitter, are operational and messages are posted every day as if they are from him.
Moodley has an international following and had a television programme called Your Miracle Moment. The programme was broadcasted on DStv through FaithTV and TBN Africa.