AN IMAGE of Prophet Alph Lukau praying for Gauteng Premier David Makhura surfaced yesterday.
The photo, especially shared on WhatsApp, left many worried. When approached for comment by Daily Sun yesterday, Makhura said the image was old and was taken last year.
“I’ve visited many churches across Gauteng since I took office. Since becoming premier, I have met with religious leaders on a regular basis and honoured their invitations to visit churches, mosques and temples,” he said.
Makhura pointed out he had also called out religious leaders involved in questionable, illegal and harmful practices publicly. “Religious leaders found to be involved in illegal or harmful practices should be held accountable.”
In the picture, the premier is kneeling at Alleluia Ministries International while Lukau lays his hands on him. The pastor has been making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Yesterday, Daily Sun reported the story of Zakhele Ndaba (34), whose sister Nomthandazo claimed he stopped taking his HIV medication after attending the church. In a church video, Zakhele is seen lying on a hospital bed while Lukau prays for him.
After the prayer, Zakhele starts walking around. A message then reads: “He’s healed of TB, diabetes and HIV.”
In response to queries from the SunTeam, the church said at no stage did Lukau tell the man he had been healed.
The church’s Busi Gaca said: “It’s rather the man’s own testimony that he has received a miracle. The church always states the person must go back to their doctors.”