Maskandi man’s court outburst

2012-05-05 17:30

There was chaos in the Nquthu Magistrates’ Court when South Africa’s most famous “zombie” appeared in the dock on Friday.

Sibusiso John Dlamini Gcabashe (29) is accused of fraudulently posing as the late maskandi musician Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo.

Gcabashe claims he, as Khumalo, was held captive by powerful witches for three years and escaped earlier this year to reappear in Khumalo’s home town of Nquthu, near Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal.

When he was escorted to the dock on Friday on charges of fraud and perjury, Gcabashe was weeping and looked ill.

After a few minutes, he started screaming “nabalaba” (here are these people) and leapt out of the dock.

He was seized by police while trying to dash for the door leading to the magistrates’ chambers.

Gcabashe has been declared fit to stand trial after undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Magistrate Mphumeleli Nkosi set May 22 as the new date for Gcabashe’s bail application. 

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