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Updated 11 March 2016

Picture of prophet challenging lions is a hoax

This photo of a prophet challenging lions, saying God will protect him, has gone viral. But is it real?

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A story titled “ZCC prophet challenges lions to a fight at Kruger National Park to prove God’s power & almost DIES,” has gone viral with social media shares from Johannesburg to New York.

The original story was on a website called the Daily Post and many are calling it an example of the holy spirit at work.

The website's original post says that this is what happened: 

Pastor Alec Ndiwane from the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) in Soshanguve outside of Pretoria was with church members in the Kruger National Park when they came across a lion pride feeding on an impala and he challenged them. He survived with his life, but just barely.

The story comes with quotes from the pastor himself and details of how was rushed to the emergency room with injuries. 

As you can imagine with such an unbelievable story of a man's faith keeping him safe : it was picked up by news media faster than you can say "roar".

It even made it as far as the states with popular website The Huffington Post, tweeting this version of events.

But is the image real? 

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Here are the screenshots of the original story and the Huffington Post tweet : 

Screenshot of Daily Post Huffington post Lion attack

A reverse image search by Africa Check has proven the picture to be a fake. It is actually of ‘lion whisperer’ Kevin Richardson not the pastor. The Kruger national park said that they have no knowledge of the event. 

Kevin's wife Mandy told Africa Check : “He is a Christian but not part of the ZCC church group”.

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