‘Resurrected’ singer arrested
Police arrested a man on Monday after he claimed to be a popular musician who died in 2009, sparking a frenzy among the singer’s fans. Claiming that he was the late Zulu traditional music singer Khulekani Khumalo, also known as “Mgqumeni,” the man arrived at the musician’s home last week at Nqutu village in KwaZulu-Natal Province. News that the musician had returned spread like wildfire, prompting fans to descend on his home. The man claimed that he had fallen victim to witchcraft, but that he was rescued by ancestors. He did not die, he added, but was kept with zombies in a place he could not recall. “The man is currently in custody pending a criminal investigation. Detectives have been questioning the man this morning and are conducting further investigation,” police spokesman Jay Naicker said. “The arrest follows developments yesterday when the man made his first public appearance at Nqutu,” he added. The man is to appear in court tomorrow.
Aid worker thanks SEALs
A US aid worker rescued by US Navy SEALs last month said she was thankful for the support she had received. Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Buchanan was rescued last month along with a 60-year-old Danish man. The two were working with a de-mining unit when gunmen kidnapped them in October. In a statement issued from her home in Goode, Virginia, Buchanan said she was overwhelmed and grateful for the encouragement she and her family had received from around the world. The US government said the raid was prompted by Buchanan’s deteriorating health. In the statement, Buchanan asked for privacy as she focuses on everyday life and healing. She thanked US President Barack Obama and those who planned and orchestrated her rescue.
Vatican targets pedophiles
Catholic clergy must report pedophile priests to police, a top Vatican official told the Holy See’s first conference on the sex abuse crisis on Monday, but victims’ groups demanded the Vatican face up to its past and publish its files on abuse. Pope Benedict XVI called for a “profound renewal of the church at every level” in a message delivered to senior churchmen summoned to discuss the Church’s handling of sex abuse cases and accusations the Vatican had encouraged secrecy. The scandal has led to costly legal action, is blamed for an exodus of believers in some European states, including the pope’s native Germany and damaged its moral standing in hitherto staunchly Catholic countries. Cardinal William Levada, the Vatican’s head of doctrine, said clergy guilty of abuses would have to face the secular legal system, not just the canon law which governs church affairs.
Police probe racist e-mails
Police say they are investigating racist e-mails sent to a top Church of England official after the Uganda-born cleric made comments opposing gay marriage. North Yorkshire Police said on Monday that the e-mails sent to Archbishop of York John Sentamu contained “racially offensive statements” and are being investigated as potential hate crimes. Sentamu, the second-most senior cleric in the church, said in a recent newspaper interview that the government should not overrule the Bible by allowing same-sex marriage. Last week, about 70 protesters held placards and chanted songs outside York Minster to denounce Sentamu’s words.