Cape Town - A Pinelands man who left as a missionary to Israel and was found dead in Dar es Salaam over the weekend may have succumbed to malaria.
Mark Wilson left Cape Town just before Christmas, and appeared to be planning to travel overland through Africa until he reached Israel, stopping to minister to communities along the way.
On January 3, Wilson posted on Facebook that he thought he had been suffering from malaria, but after people prayed for him, he said he had been healed.
He left Zambia for Tanzania on January 5, and disappeared on the sixth. It was only 10 days later that the family received news that his body had been found in a cemetery in Dar es Salaam.
One of the last people Wilson had contact with before his death, Frank Materu, sent a message to his friends in Cape Town, which they in turn posted online: “Just a short note to let you know that the embassy of South Africa in Tanzania is handling this issue with police in Tanzania and Front Line Fellowship in South Africa. If I receive any updates with regards to his death, I will let you know.”