Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

Pas­tor Phi­lani Sime­lane says MTN has done a com­mend­able job con­nect­ing peo­ple in the coun­try but now it’s time the com­pany con­nects peo­ple with God.

Sime­lane was preach­ing dur­ing the vigil of the late MTN Mo­bile Money Se­nior Man­ager Thokozani Dlamini which was held at his parental home in Sigombeni yes­ter­day.

While some mourn­ers won­dered if the mo­bile com­pany was ex­pected to share heaven’s, cell num­ber as some were heard whis­per­ing the ques­tion, the pas­tor seemed to have read their minds as he quickly clar­i­fied what he meant.

Sime­lane said the com­pany would do so by spon­sor­ing pro­grammes aimed at pro­mot­ing the gospel of Christ.

He con­demned com­pa­nies which use songs which seem to pro­mote anti-Christ ten­den­cies such as the in­sti­tu­tion pro­mot­ing the song ti­tled ‘Jezebel’. He said he could not make sense of this song. Men dom­i­nate hell Pas­tor Du­misani Dlamini left the throngs of rel­a­tives and friends of Thokozani in stitches of laugh­ter when he said men dom­i­nated hell as their screams were heard by a ge­o­log­i­cal group who drilled a hole about 14.4 kilo­me­tres deep in the crust of the earth.

He said the team im­mersed a mi­cro­phone and heard voices be­lieved to be screams from the con­demned souls from earth’s deep­est hole.

He en­cour­aged the mourn­ers to search for the “sounds from hell” on the net as he be­lieved that the ac­counts stated there are true.

“Go and re­search ‘sounds from hell’ it will en­lighten you. Down there are screams of girls, women and men who are seek­ing help but there is no more help.

But now Je­sus is ask­ing you what ben­e­fit will it be if one earned the world but lose his eter­nal life,” he said.

Thokozani had a good per­son­al­ity, friends and rel­a­tives said. The hun­dreds of mourn­ers who braved the night to pay their last re­spects to their beloved one de­scribed Dlamini as a hum­ble per­son and mo­ti­vated oth­ers with his good char­ac­ter. The fu­neral was at­tended by among oth­ers com­mu­nity lead­ers and mem­bers, staff from MTN, Im­pe­rial fleet ser­vices PSI Swazi­land and some of his friends from univer­sity. Fam­ily and rel­a­tives said he was ev­ery­thing to them as he was de­scribed as a fa­ther, son, and brother.

They said this was a great loss for them as he was of great help in the fam­ily and as such he left a huge gap.

One of his friends said he was a fa­ther fig­ure to him and said he would al­ways be re­mem­bered by his friends for his good deeds.

The fam­i­lies stated that they were shocked and sad­dened by the demise of their beloved son who was ev­ery­thing to the fam­ily that was still ex­pect­ing great things from him.

His fu­neral was held ac­cord­ing to the cus­tom of Emalan­geni as a few min­utes af­ter 3am men left the huge mar­quee that was filled through the night to the burial site.

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