‘Risen’ singer’s wives hear voices at night, herbs not helping

2012-03-09 00:00

STRANGE occurrences are plaguing certain family members of award-winning maskandi musician Khulekani Mgqumeni Khumalo. They are being kept awake at night as two of his wives cry hysterically, saying they hear voices calling them to go outside, at the Khumalo homestead in eSigqumeni in Nquthu.

Bheki Khumalo told The Witness that Lamlile Ngema and Nonhlanhla Majola scream with terror, saying they see things that no one else sees.

“On Tuesday during the day I was called by the principal of the school that Mgqumeni’s son attends, saying the boy had collapsed. We fetched him and took him to the homestead.

“After he awoke he was calling out the names of people we know and that shocked us because he said they were behind him.

“Later that day he [the son] was sitting in the house when he just started bleeding and I noticed cuts as though someone had been performing the ritual of cutting his face (ukugcatshwa).

Said Dalingcebo Khumalo: “We called his grandfather, Hlalalimanzi, to give him some herbs.”

During Tuesday night things got out of hand as the wives became hysterical and ran out of the Khumalo homestead.

“They said they heard voices calling them to go outside the house. We decided to move both of them to my father Hlalalimanzi’s home, so he could help them with his herbs even though his herbs have now been bewitched so that they won’t help.

“So he gives them isiwasho sakwa­Shembe [Shembe holy water],” said Khumalo.

The Khumalos said this was why Majola had not attended a meeting called by the amakhosi.

The Khumalo and Mseleku families had been asked by the amakhosi to meet to resolve their differences and wait for the DNA and the court’s verdict.

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