A man from Bulawayo's Old Pumula suburb was caught naked in the middle if Saturday night while he was busy praying for a stash of notes.
The man who was only identified as Vashe was caught by his neighbours when they heard him praying on top of his voice at midnight. Residents speculated that the man was either a Satanist or was into witchcraft.
Vashe however, denied practicing either satanism or witchcraft but confirmed in a telephone interview that he was caught by neighbours performing a self enriching ritual.
"I am not a satanist, neither am I a wizard. These people just caught me performing some self enriching ritual as per traditional healer's advice. I had US$6,000 and I was praying for it so that after doing my intended transaction, the money would vanish and return back to me," he revealed.
Vashe's neighbour, Yeukai Chihota, said she woke up to her neighbour's strange behaviour on Saturday night.
"He was praying so loud that we were awakened by his voice. We could not hear most of what he was saying but we could hear him saying BURN MONEY, BURN MONEY. WHen we went outside to check what was going on, we found Vashe kneeling next to a stash of US dollar notes wearing just his underwear," said Chihota.
It is said that Vashe, who appeared to be in a trance during the prayer, gained consciousness when neighbours had gathered around his fence. Chihota revealed that part of the crowd wanted to mete instant justice on the man but they later resolved to hand him over to the police.
Vashe confirmed being taken to the police but said no charge was preferred against him as there was no law barring people from praying at their homes almost naked in them middle of the night.bmetro