Imposter’s family ashamed

2013-05-09 00:00

IN her first testimony in the case of her brother, Sibusiso Gcabashe, Busisiwe Ntuli told the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court yesterday that he was her younger sibling.

Gcabashe vehemently denied any relation to or knowledge of Ntuli.

Ntuli told the court that she had been shocked to see her brother on the front page of a Durban newspaper where he claimed to be the late award-winning maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo.

“I last saw him in 2005 and the next thing he was on the news claiming to be the musician. I was shocked. I showed the paper to my mother, Florence,” she said.

Ntuli said they were all traumatised by the news and her mother became mentally ill and was still receiving treatment. Ntuli

She later told the court that their entire family in kwaMaqongqo was embarrassed by her brother’s claim. As she approached Gcabashe with the approval of the court to point out certain physical features, he lashed out at her saying, “I don’t know you!”

Ntuli said: “You are my younger brother, forget about this. You have an arm which is not stretching properly as a result of an injury while you were young.”

She told the court the family had photographs in which the accused appeared.

The late musician’s cousin, Sakhiseni Mseleku, testified that he had signed for Mgqumeni’s body to be removed from the mortuary in Johannesburg.

He had helped to wash the body before it was buried, he said. He corroborated the evidence by both Mgqumeni’s wives that Gcabashe was an impersonator.

“Mgqumeni hated gold teeth, that’s why he never had one. But the accused has one,” said Mseleku.

“When the accused was introducing himself to my cousin’s fans, I was called to see him in the police armoured vehicle. I could see that he was not Mgqumeni. I knew my cousin had some marks on his body and I demanded to see those from the accused … he had none of those.

“He had no scar which was caused by a bullet which had grazed my cousin’s back. He had no mark on the groin, and my cousin had one.”

The case continues today.

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