Pastor Eaten By Crocodile While Walking on Water Like Jesus-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa or Pastor Jeremiah Mahlangu (depending on the version) was eaten by crocodiles in South Africa while trying to demonstrate to congregants how Jesus walked on water.
There’s no evidence to support multiple reports of an African pastor being eaten by crocodiles while attempting to demonstrate for his congregants how Jesus walked on water.
The story first surfaced in June 2016 at the South African infotainment website eDaily.com under the headline, “Pastor Drowns and Gets Eaten by Crocodiles after Attempting to Walk on Water.” That version identifies 35-year-old Jeremiah Mahlangu as the pastor who was eaten in front of hundreds of congregants while trying to “show off” at a baptism in the Crocodile River:
The only South African by that name that we could locate was South African soccer player named Jabu Jeremiah Mahlangu. And there weren’t any credible reports from the time about a pastor drowning or being eaten by crocodiles in June 2016 when the report first appeared.
In May 2017, a very similar version of the old rumor resurfaced at the satirical South African website National News Bulletin under the headline, “Pastor Trying to Walk on Water at the Crocodile River Gets Eaten by 3 Crocodiles,” that begins:
A pastor from a local church in White River Mpumalanga died this morning trying to demonstrate a biblical miracle to his congregants.
Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa of the ‘Saint of the last days church drowned into the crocodile River also know as the crocodile river and was seen by his church members getting eaten by 3 crocodiles.