Mgqumeni ‘impersonator’ says he was stabbed while a snake

2012-05-23 14:49

Police are yet to receive an official report on the alleged assault in prison of the man who has claimed to be deceased maskandi musician Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo.

Yesterday, John Sibusiso Dlamini Gcabashe (29) told Magistrate Mphumeleli Nkosi that he had turned into a snake and was stabbed by a fellow inmate.

He said he was tormented by “animals” and requested to be released in order to consult traditional healers.

Gcabashe claimed that these animals he later described as seven tokoloshes pinched him until he bled for not using his real name, Mgqumeni.

When questioned by the magistrate about what language the tokoloshes spoke, Gcabashe said he did not know.

However, he said he understood them since he had lived with the tokeloshes before. This was when he was held captive for three years in the bush in Gauteng where he was fed mud and milk.

Further explaining his head injury, Gcabashe said that other inmates had told him that he turned into animals without being conscious of it.

Khumalo has to apply for bail again when he makes his next court appearance next month.

The matter was postponed to June 4 following Gcabashe’s brief appearance at the Nquthu court yesterday. His new lawyer was not present.

An additional charge was added after Gcabashe attempted to escape from custody during his previous court appearance.

“The accused has on his previous appearance made an attempt to escape from lawful custody and was re-arrested by police.

“In view of him becoming an escape risk, his bail conditions had to be reviewed,” the police’s Colonel Jay Naicker said.

During his last appearance, Gcabashe announced that he had appointed a new legal representative from Benoni.

Mgqumeni’s paternal uncle, Dalingcebo Khumalo, told City Press that the family had so far sold five cows at R10 000 each, which will go towards the lawyer’s fees.

“We did not want a situation where his representative could be manipulated. We wanted someone reputable,” said Khumalo.

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