Did a ZCC ‘Prophet’ In South Africa REALLY Challenge a Lion to Do Battle?

A story published via South Africa’s Daily Post claims that a Zion Christian Church (ZCC) prophet named Alec Ndiwane almost died after he allegedly challenged a lion to do battle in Kruger National Park to ‘prove God’s Power’.

Brief Analysis:
The story remains unsubstantiated and may well be untrue. A Kruger National Park spokesperson told AfricaCheck that there were no reports of such an incident and dismissed the story as a hoax. Moreover, the picture featured in the article does not show the ‘prophet’ being attacked as implied. Instead, it depicts ‘lion whisperer’ zoologist Kevin Richardson safely interacting with his beloved animals. The photograph was taken several years ago.

ZCC prophet Challenges lions to a fight at Kruger National Park to prove God’s power & almost DIES

A Zion Christian Church prophet who was filled with the Holy Spirit recently ‘challenged’ a lion to do battle in the Kruger National Park.Prophet Alec Ndiwane who is based in the Pretoria Soshanguve was with fellow church members in the Kruger National Park where they were watching animals.

Prophet Challenges Lion News Story

Detailed Analysis:
A circulating report published via South African ‘news’ outlet Daily Post tells the harrowing tale of a self styled prophet who, thinking that he had God’s power backing him up, challenged a lion to do battle while visiting Kruger National Park.  Supposedly, Zion Christian Church (ZCC) prophet Alec Ndiwane went charging towards a pride of lions after falling into a trance and speaking in tongues. The lions in turn ran towards Alec, who then decided to flee.

The report claims that a Kruger National Park ranger fired some shots to scare the lions away but not before one of the lions injured Prophet Ndiwane’s buttocks.

The story features a photograph supposedly depicting Prophet Ndiwane being attacked by the enraged lions.

But, the story so far remains totally unsubstantiated and may well be just a silly hoax.

When investigating the story, fact checking publication Africa Check contacted Kruger National Park for comment. A park spokesperson told Africa Check that there had been no reports of such an incident and called the story a hoax.

Moreover, a quick reverse image search reveals that the photograph featured in the report is taken from years old media articles about ‘lion whisperer’ Kevin Richardson. The reports feature a series of photographs – including the one above –  depicting Richardson, a South African zoologist, interacting with his much loved lions.

So, the story should certainly be taken with a grain of salt.

Last updated: March 12, 2016
First published: March 12, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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