‘Haunted’ Gcabashe seeks traditional healing for his visions from the other side

2012-10-17 00:00

SIBUSISO “Lazarus” Gcabashe who claimed to have risen from the dead now wants the court to allow him to consult a tradional healer claiming he is haunted by visions from the other side.

Gcabashe was arrested early this year after he claimed to be the late award-wining maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo, causing a sensation at Nquthu where he first appeared in court, arrested for fraud.

Gcabashe told a packed Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday that he needed the help of a traditional healer because he was haunted by visions, but did not explain what these visions were.

State advocate Irene Neyt told the court that traditional medicines were dangerous. “We do not know what they have got in them.”

Gcabashe also suffered a blow as his lawyer withdrew as his legal representative.

His lawyer, John Botha, withdrew from the case after the court refused to grant an adjournment for DNA analysis.

He said the Khumalo family instructed him to apply for DNA analysis.

“They want to have DNA testing conducted privately with four members, as this involves the families,” he said.

Neyt opposed the application saying the state was ready to continue with the trial and they did not see why the defence wanted the tests done because the charges levelled against Gcabashe did not require them.

She added that they had ample time to conduct DNA tests before the trial got underway.

Magistrate Rose Mogwera agreed with the state advocate.

Gcabashe consulted Dalicebo Khumalo, the Khumalo family spokesperson, and told the court that the family would hire a private attorney at their own expense. They need four weeks to do that. The matter was remanded to November 23.

The maternal and paternal families of the singer travelled from Nquthu to Pietermaritzburg.

Mgqumeni’s wives said it was painful for them to be reminded of their late husband like this.

“We attend this case not because we like to, but we want to see the law taking its course. This is not our husband,” said Nomkhosi Mbatha.

Gcabashe, from Magqongqo, is charged with three counts of theft allegedly committed in Durban, kidnapping, assault and rape allegedly committed at Ixopo, fraud and an attempted escape from custody at Nquthu Magistrate’s court.

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