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A 17-year-old Mpumalanga boy pleaded guilty to a charge of violating a grave following the exhumation of his aunt's body after God allegedly instructed him and his 16-year-old sister to exhume the body so the woman could be resurrected from death.
The boy appeared in the Mhala magistrates' court in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge together with two co-accused: his sister and a 34-year-old man on Tuesday.
The boy told the court that he had participated in digging up the body.
"I am one of the people who did so," he said. "We were following instructions from God, the almighty, who had come to my sister and I during a vision one night."
The boy said God had told them to fast for 14 days before exhuming the body on the 15th day at 9am, putting the body in a house and praying for three hours.
This would lead to the woman rising from the dead at midday, he said. This despite her having been buried more than 10 months previously.
The boy's sister and the other accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the matter was postponed to April 16 when the accused are expected to be sentenced.
Both teenagers were again released into the custody of their mother.
The co-accused man's R1000 bail was extended until his next court appearance.