‘Giant potato has granny’s face’

2009-07-30 00:00

HIS dead grandmother told him in a dream to plant a potato next to her grave, and now, says Skhumbuzo Majola of Howick, he has harvested a huge potato that looks like his grandmother.

Majola, who is a sangoma, said his grandmother, Nobakhona Khanyile, who was herself a sangoma and who died in 1982, paid him a visit in 2006 through a dream and bequeathed him the mantle of a sangoma. “I tried ignoring the dream, but it kept on coming back. I was forced to resign as a policeman and become a full-time sangoma,” he said.

Soon after Majola became a sangoma in 2006, he saw his grandmother again in his dreams with a different request this time.

“She said I should plant a potato just below her grave at home (in Sweetwaters) and only harvest after three years. She said the potato will always remind me of her, but I never understood what she meant by that,” he said.

Last week, Majola went to his grandmother’s grave according to her instructions. “When I got there, I was totally surprised when I saw the potato I had planted three years ago looking like my grandmother.”

Majola said he now understands what she meant when she told him that the potato would always remind him of her, and that it would be a sign that she would always be with him.

He said the giant potato weighs 1,470 kg.

Now he is waiting for another dream from his grandmother to tell him what he should do with the potato. Majola said that he is considering presenting the paper to a museum.

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