The declaration last week by Pastor George Lebusa of Kononia Bible Church that he might have been touched by a zombie while praying for a sick church member in the Intensive Care Unit at the Sebokeng hospital, has received mixed reaction from the community. An overwhelming majority of those interviewed by Vaal Weekly strongly believe that zombies do exist while others claims to have seen them somewhere. Steven Kapoock of Sebokeng strongly believe that zombies exist and he swears that he has seen them before, although not in the hospital. `I know some people will think that I'm insane when I say I have seen zombies. `Zombies do exist and I'm not the only one who has seen them...
...many other people have seen them too.' His description of zombies are of people bewitched by witchdoctors, with cut tongues. `The Zombies are brought into being by witchdoctors and can only be destroyed by them.'
Prayer Kapoock says a person can see a zombie with naked eyes during the night. `I have seen them many times in Zone 14 Sebokeng.' He claims that they wear white cloths with their faces also covered in white cloth. His sentiments were echoed by Baby Kula, of Sebokeng who also believes that zombies exist and that the solution to the problem is prayer.
Asked if she had ever come face to face with zombies, she said 'not really' but she has felt them. Alfred Mnokwa, also from Sebokeng, said zombies do exist and described them as dead people who were raised by the living in order to use them as slaves and also to terrorise other people. He said you cannot get a closer view of a zombie: you can only see it from afar. He said in the case of the pastor who claimed that something touched him in the ICU, it might have be someone who died in there. `It's happened before that a dead person came back to do unfinished business, or to deliver a message for somebody or needed help to rest in peace', he said.
He congratulated the pastor for his courage to speak openly about his experience and urged other men of the cloth to join him in his crusade to get rid of zombies at the hospital instead of criticising him. `I urge them to go back with him to the ICU to hear what the message of the zombies is and to come back with the solution to this problem.' Julia Dlamini believed that the zombies are people who are not able to rest in peace after their death.
`The pastor should pray for the whole hospital because there might be other souls there that need to be rescued in order to rest in peace.' Solly Maboye of Bophelong extension does not believe in the existance of zombies. He said most people associate the place where people dies with ghosts and zombies. Actually there is no such thing.