The corpse of Ananias Mathe, the Mozambican prisoner was guarded by scores of warders as if he was faking his death in one final escape plan.

Ananias’ family had come to collect his body from the Gale Street government mortuary in Durban, KZN yesterday.

Daily Sun’s presence caused a delay as warders refused to take his body out of the mortuary building fearing cameras.

A member of the public who had come to fetch the body of a relative said he was told the body was ready in the morning but he couldn’t get it until Ananias was removed.

The serial rapist mysteriously died last week in King Edward Hospital, Durban after he complained of stomach pain.

His death was not regarded as normal and there is a forensic investigation by the State.

A government official at the mortuary said the reason his body was there was because a post mortem had to be conducted.