A SELF-proclaimed prophet from Insuza, who allegedly conned a blind villager after promising to make him see, bit police officers during his arrest at a church service.

Mandlenkosi Isaiah Ndlovu (29) allegedly demanded $100, a white she-goat, a black hen, white cup and a piece of rope from Mr Francis Sibanda (71) so he could cure him of his blindness in three days.

Three days after paying the prophet, a court heard, Mr Sibanda still could not see even a bit of light even when he stared at the sun.

Ndlovu allegedly disappeared and Mr Sibanda reported him to the police.

The court heard when police arrived to arrest him at his shrine at Sawmills in Insuza, he ordered congregants to sing a song and attack them with sticks.

The congregants took to their heels, apparently fearing arrest, leaving him behind.

Ndlovu allegedly jumped up and down like a possessed man threatening to die with one of the police officers.

He allegedly grabbed one of the officers and bit his arm.

Ndlovu was not asked to plead to fraud, obstructing the course of justice, assault and resisting arrest before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Gladmore Mushove.

The magistrate granted him $50 bail and remanded him to today for provision of a trial date. zimpapers