'Lazarus' not welcome back home
Mlondi Radebe, The Witness
Pietermaritzburg - The woman who raised South Africa’s “Lazarus” fears he will return to his childhood home in Maqongqo outside Pietermaritzburg and wants nothing to do with him.
Sibongile KaMajola Gcabashe became the centre of media attention this week after she was traced by local media.
The police visited her home on Thursday last week to verify the address of Siphamandla Sibusiso John Gcabashe, 29.
Gcabashe faces charges of fraud and impersonation after he claimed he was award-winning maskandi musician Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo, who died in 2009. His claim caused a sensation at Nquthu.
Sibongile is his aunt, and on Monday she told The Witness she feared her family would be targeted by people whom he had fooled into believing he was the famous musician. “I don’t want to see him in my home. I am afraid of him.”
She said she was not even certain he was still alive until she saw him on television.
“What have I done to deserve this kind of publicity?” she asked.
“I used to see other people [in awkward situations] in the papers, but I never thought I would be in this position.
“Why is Sibusiso putting me in such a painful position? I buried his father. It would be better if his father was still here.
“I don’t want anything to do with him. He left my house years ago, just after receiving his identity document.”
She said she had brought up the Sibusiso and his three siblings after their mother had become ill in Hammarsdale.
“I treated them as my children.”
He was a very quiet child during his early childhood, but started skipping school while he was a pupil at nearby Gcina Primary.
“Then he left home,” said Sibongile
Another relative, Khulusile Majola, remembered that Sibusiso had stopped sleeping at home.
“He used to run away from home and stay in the fields like an animal,” she said.
“He behaved weirdly and eventually went missing until we saw him on television.”
The family were reluctant to visit him in jail because they were afraid of him, she said.