Harare – Ein Pfarrer wollte ein biblisches Wunder beweisen und wie Jesus übers Wasser laufen. Doch es war sein letzter Gang. Bei dem Versuch tauchen plötzlich drei Krokodile im Fluss auf.
We have the name of the pastor, the name of his church, and even a very specific location, so if we google these, what do we find?
The first discovery is just how popular the story is, its all over the place. However, beyond this story I can’t find any reference to Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa.
OK, so what about the church named “Saint Of The Last Days”. Once again, apart from the story, no references, not one. Churches do like to promote themselves, so the complete lack of any google references is quite odd. However there are many obscure tiny independent groups that do not really get noticed, and so that is not conclusive.
The Crocodile River is of course real and quite well-known, so if you are making stuff up to fill in space in a newspaper, then you would quite naturally pick a well-known location. One rather interesting observation however is to wonder what a Zimbabwe pastor was doing with his entire church in South Africa, because that is where the Crocodile River actually is.
What is the oldest source for this story, where is alpha?
The oldest appears to be the March 24th story that appeared in Zimbabwe Today. That’s on online news site that just publishes stuff that is submitted, and does not fact-check. From there this story has been picked up and gone viral.