South African company, Kings and Queens Funeral Services, says it will will take legal action over the ‘damage to its reputation’ after a South African pastor Alpha Lukau used their hearse while performing a stunt in which he claimed to have resurrected a dead person.
In a statement on Monday, Kings and Queens Funeral Services distanced itself from the supposed resurrection of a man by Hallelujah Ministries after his body was allegedly stored at their premises.
They denied that the man’s body had ever been in their care or that he’d ever even been dead to begin with.
They said they had been approached by “alleged family members of the deceased” who had told them they had encountered a dispute with a different funeral service provider and wanted to use their transport services, which the company agreed to.
“We would like to distance ourselves from the supposed resurrection of a deceased man by Hallelujah Ministries who allegedly was at our mortuary. 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.
"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. As a Funeral Services Provider we do not offer services without documentation neither do we repatriate bodies without any paper work. We are in the process of taking legal action for this malicious damage to our image,” wrote Kings and Queens on their Facebook page.
During a Sunday service, the high-flying minister known for his lavish lifestyle, encouraged congregants to keep praying for their miracles.
A woman then shouted that a family outside the church was about to repatriate a corpse to Zimbabwe and pleaded with the church leader to go out and see.
The pastor went outside, then asked the workers to take the coffin out of the hearse.
He asked the workers to open the coffin then made some prayerful gestures and seconds later, the man in the coffin rose.
The incident has invited various responses, with many on social media dismissing it as an attention seeking stunt.
Others have come up with information that seems to corroborate the Kings and Queens version.
According to the deceased’s supposed landlord, the man had previously gotten sick and started “coughing a lot” on Friday.
“We took him to the hospital and they said they could not help him because he did not have papers, so we took him to the doctor and he died there,” she claimed.
The family then claimed they took the body to the mortuary, where it was kept until Sunday.
However, the funeral services company disputed this.
“We did not supply the coffin neither did we store the deceased at our mortuary and no paperwork was processed by Kings and Queens Funerals.
They said they were in the process of taking legal action against the church, which is led by Pastor Alph Lukau, and who supposedly performed the miracle, the footage of which has since gone viral.
Kings and Queens’ tagline is “Real Funeral Services: For a service that gives you honour, dignity and comfort.”
Lukau faces allegations that his miracle was staged and there was nothing remotely “real” about it.
Mansa Abraham, a forensic science technician, reportedly wants Lukau charged with fraud.
Townpress quoted him saying he had never before seen a corpse looking as lively as the deceased prior to his reanimation.
“After death, the body enters a long process of decomposition, as its organic matters decay and the skin gets pale, especially areas such as the lips,” he pointed out.
The man enjoyed a hearty lunch after his return from the other side.
Kings and Queens concluded: “To all our beloved clients and prospective clients, thank you for the continued support during this confusing time. We continue to strive for excellence as your preferred funeral services provider that offers a service that give you honour, dignity and comfort.”