‘Only DNA will prove claim’

2012-03-08 00:00

THE family of award-winning maskandi musician Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo agreed to disagree in a meeting held at the Mandleni tribal authority in Nquthu yesterday, saying that only DNA tests would finally prove whether the man claiming to be their dead son is lying or not.

The Khumalos and Mselekus met for the first time since Sibusiso Gcabashe posed as the late “Mgqumeni”.

Tensions among family members of Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo had emerged over a difference in opinion on whether Gcabashe, charged with perjury and impersonating the award-winning singer, is indeed Mgqumeni.

The family on his mother’s side, the Mselekus, believe that Gcabashe is not their dead son; the Khumalos believe he is.

Yesterday was the first time the Khumalos expressed doubt that Gcabashe could be their son.

Dalincebo Khumalo told the meeting between the two families, which was held under police guard: “The only thing that will bring us closer to who is this man is DNA and we should all wait for the law to take its course. We still believe that this is our son.”

He said the family would support him during his trial.

The meeting was chaired by the Ibamba bukhosi (regent) undunankulu Clement Ngcobo and inkosi Mbhekiseni Mazibukho of eSandlwana, who agreed that the families needed to set a date at which they would discuss their differences further.

“The problem is that communication breaks down between these families and they need to sit and discuss this and find a way forward,” said Ngcobo.

Sphamandla Mseleku, an uncle, said they were pleased that they had participated in the meeting with the Khumalos and they hoped the differences will be resolved.

The meeting started an hour later than scheduled without Khumalo’s wife, Nonhlanhla Majola, whom the Mselekus wanted answers from.

The Mselekus questioned why Mgqumeni had gone to the Khumalo homestead after he had supposedly risen from the dead, while his grave was located at the Mseleku homestead.

One of Khumalo’s wives, Nomkhosi Mbatha, said the Khumalos had asked her to steal Mgqumeni’s identity documents and death certificate.

“They said they would help me get royalties.

“They were saying he was not dead, he was alive, and they would show me where he is.

“But I did not [steal the documents].”

This shocked those present at the meeting.

Bheki Khumalo explained about the documents, saying they had wanted to help, but denied that they had said Mgqumeni was alive.

Sphamandla Mseleku said they wanted to know why they had been prevented from seeing the man who claims to be Mgqumeni.

“We were not allowed to see the man for ourselves, but those who were allowed into the house of Khumalo were later arrested by the police for saying he was not Mgqumeni.”

It emerged from the meeting that the families had unresolved issues even before Mgqumeni died.

Gcabashe is expected back in court on March 14.

The date for the families to meet again was not set and will be communicated at a later stage.

Inkosi Mazibuko said the families should “calm down and start discussing this matter as a family as it is a serious matter”.

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