Police still need to authenticate the identity of one of the two people accused of fraud in relation to the “resurrection” of a half-dead man at the Alleluia Ministries International last month, after it emerged that the accused shared his identity with two other people.
Nkululeko Dlamini, 35, and Silungisani Grace Sibanda, 40, face appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court where they stand accused of three counts of fraud.
The Sowetan reports that the state requested the matter be postponed following a shocking discovery in that Dlamini appeared to share an identity with two other people, this, despite him having a Zimbabwean passport.
The department of home affairs has requested to meet with Dlamini and two other people who share the same identity with him.
“Home affairs requested that all three people who use the same ID meet with them in order to verify how this came to pass. They will be requested to bring documents so that it can determine how this happened,” the court heard from prosecutor Mzamo Mathe.
The matter has been postponed to May 16 for further investigation.
Earlier in April, the state argued they needed to verify the identity of Dlamini as details contained in his Zimbabwean passport and his South African identity documents were not the same.
Mathe told the court the documents contained different names.
“We are trying to make sense of the documents. We are asking for a postponement to understand what we are dealing with because we have someone who is in possession of two names,” he argued.
Both Sibanda and Dlamini were arrested last week in connection with the hoax resurrection, which trended on social media in February, and they remain in custody.
(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane)