A pastor in Zimbabwe who attempted to demonstrate the “Power of God” by walking on water has been by viciously attacked and killed by the crocodiles in the river he was walking across.
Jonathan Mthethwa was mauled by the three reptiles as he was carrying out a religious demonstration.
Stunned onlookers who witnessed the attack said the pastor had “prayed the whole week” before the demonstration took a fatal turn for the worse.
Inspired by the Biblical tale of Jesus walking on water, he had also fasted in the lead-up to the attempted miracle…
Members of the Saint of the Last Days Church who were left horrified after the incident, said the pastor had been completely devoured in a “matter of minutes”.
One member stated:
“He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten.”
The pastor had waded around 30 meters into what is locally described as ‘Crocodile River’. It was at here when he made a promise to his congregation that he would rise up above the water – just ‘like Jesus did…’
Instead he was brutally attacked by a group of crocodiles who had been hidden from view in the deep water.
Deacon Nkosi said:
“The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week.
He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us.
We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.”
He said his death was quick, brutal and intense.
Mr Nkosi said:
“They finished him in a couple of minutes.
All that was left of him when they finished eating him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.”
Ambulance and emergency teams rushed to the scene in an effort to save the pastor but arrived too late to intervene.
In Zimbabwe, crocodile attacks are a regular occurrence although efforts are being made in order to reduce the number of casualties.
The crocodile was hunted down by members of the man’s family. They reportedly killed it and cut it open to retrieve the victim’s body.
A police spokesman said:
“This year we had too much rains and it is obvious crocodiles are certainly there in our rivers.
Villagers should not risk their lives by swimming or trying to cross the flooded rivers.”