After 597 days, the South African pastor, Siva Moodley, has finally been laid to rest. The founder of The Miracle Centre in the north of Johannesburg passed away on August 15, 2021, after falling ill. However, his family and members of his church kept his corpse at a Johannesburg mortuary, hoping that he would resurrect.
Moodley, who preached that “no Christian should die from sickness,” had been kept at the mortuary for over a year and a half. According to reports, family and church members would visit the funeral home to pray for his resurrection.
The funeral was held on Thursday, March 16, 2023, in Gauteng. The matter of Moodley’s burial had previously been taken to court, but the hearing had not yet been scheduled. Funeral home manager, Martin du Toit, had lodged an application with the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to grant him permission to have Moodley buried or cremated.
Since his death, services at The Miracle Centre have continued, conducted by his wife, Jessie, son, David, and daughter Kathryn Jade. The services are also live-streamed on social media. However, the church has allegedly not openly acknowledged Moodley’s death on social media or informed the congregation of his whereabouts. Moodley’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, remain active, with messages posted as if they are from him.
Staff from The Miracle Centre declined to speak to the media, citing a policy in place which barred them from doing so.
Moodley’s death and subsequent burial have sparked controversy and raised questions about the role of faith in modern society. While many mourners hold onto the belief of resurrection and an afterlife, others have criticized the family’s decision to keep Moodley’s corpse for so long.