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2000 people wait, but ‘Lazarus’ fails to rise

Daily News, South Africa
Aug. 6, 2004
Dinesh Gangaram • Friday August 6, 2004

More than 2 000 people gathered outside the Hertzogville Mortuary in the Free State yesterday in anticipation of a latter-day Lazarus scenario – the miraculous resurrection of Paul Meintjies‘s frozen body.

They were sorely disappointed.

The owner of the mortuary, Nico Foulds said Van Rensburg Street was packed with school children and adults all eagerly anticipating the miracle that self-proclaimed prophet David Francis said would take place shortly.

“The street was filled with people and police officers were out in full force. The only people missing were the Meintjies family and David Francis,” said Foulds.

The deadline that Foulds set for the miracle passed yesterday and now Meintjies’s body will have to find alternate accommodation after being housed in a refrigerator at the mortuary since his death on July 1.

Foulds was to meet the Meintjies family yesterday to discuss the fate of the body.

The much-anticipated resurrection was originally scheduled to take place on July 29, however, this did not come to pass.

The second non-event is likely to result in serious criticism of Francis.

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