Drugged and robbed: Maskandi artist and friends duped by bogus traditional healer

2009-09-29 00:00

POPULAR maskandi artist Kwakhe Khumalo, also known as Mgqumeni, who was recently drugged and robbed by a bogus traditional healer, believes the incident was a result of jealousy and rivalry in the music industry, but did not elaborate on the reasons for this statement.

Mgqumeni and three of his friends were robbed of cellphones and money estimated at about R27 870. They spent two days at the Natalspruit Hospital after they were drugged by the healer and were found unconscious at his house in Greenfield, Ekurhuleni.

Mgqumeni said he was introduced to the healer by an acquaintance. The healer said he had been looking for him as he had been “sent” by Mgumeni’s ancestors.

He said the healer told him facts about his family situation. “The man was a foreigner, but he knew a lot about my life so I did not think it could have been a scam.”

He said as the healer was prophesying for them, he asked them to drink a mixture that knocked them out. He admitted that was a mistake.

“After that we became very dizzy and very incoherent and that was when he decided to rob us.

“He had charged us R5 000 each for the consultation and treatment. But when he realised we were dizzy, he took all the money we had and ran away.”

Mgqumeni, who was also recently kicked out of the South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) after re-igniting his feud with another maskandi artist, Mtshengiseni Gcwensa, said they were trying to trace the healer and had also laid a charge with the police.

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