Healers summon ancestors for Mandela

2013-07-24 15:32

Pretoria - A group of Gauteng traditional healers performed a ritual for former president Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, outside the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for 47 days.

The healers burnt incense in a pot, knelt on the ground, sprinkled tobacco, sang and summoned the Madiba ancestors to heal Mandela.

Khubane Mashele, the chairperson of the traditional healers' interim council in Gauteng, asked the spirits of those who had passed during the struggle to help heal the anti-apartheid icon.

"We summon the great kings and soldiers of the struggle to help us in calling the ancestors of Mandela, and help him heal because we still need him," Mashele said in xiTsonga during the ritual.

Earlier in the day, a group of traditional leaders from the North West arrived at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital to deliver messages of support and a bucket of flowers.

Kgosi Madoda Zibi, chairperson of the house of North West traditional leaders, said they hoped to convey a message to the Mandela family.

"We have been mandated by the North West traditional leaders to come and express our well-wishes," Zibi said.

"We just want to thank him for his contribution to the liberation of his country."

Zibi and his delegation were told to place the flowers and a card at the wall outside the facility's Celliers Street entrance, where messages of support had been left since Mandela was hospitalised on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

  • Tommo Too - 2013-07-24 15:38

    OMG. Poor hospital. The hospital staff are never going to forget this. Free entertainment bordering on the tragic. ...

      ChriSc - 2013-07-24 16:25

      its a good thing the old health mister isnt around anymore, he would of had a smoothy of african potato's and garlic

      MastersVoice - 2013-07-24 17:55

      I'm guessing they heard Mandela will pull through, so they decided to perform this "ritual". That way they can claim the ancestors saved him! How many gullible South Africans will believe these charlatans?

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-07-25 08:36

      @MastersVoice Don't be so sure! The ancestors may still decide to do the pulling, and what will these ritualists say then? How many gullible South Africans you ask: Just about as many as the amount voting ANC I should think!

  • Mohlala Mongwadi - 2013-07-24 15:41

    SMH nothing you do would change anything

      Klaus Muller - 2013-07-24 16:48

      God helps them who help themselves ( this does not mean taxpayers moneys)

      fargone - 2013-07-24 17:15

      @mpho, much depends on what you believe, prayers to the God of the Bible can and do change things, HOWEVER, Mandela is in his 90's, his quality of life asuming he is still alive is not good. What I would like to know is what good will summoning the alleged ancestors do? He has had a full life, everyone will die at some point, why must their be a circus outside the hospital. Who says he even wants to keep living!

      Mpho Kgakwa Ka Ndlovu - 2013-07-24 17:38

      Point taken Fargone. Perhaps we should just let the old man rest in peace.

      Mpho Kgakwa Ka Ndlovu - 2013-07-24 18:49

      @ Atheitis.. No words

  • Makaveli Shakur - 2013-07-24 15:42

    God and rituals don't mix.Geez mara what are these people smoking?

      Coenraad Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-07-24 16:42

      Christianity is steeped in ritual. Al religions are.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-07-24 19:18

      As if being christened, married in church, buried in hallowed ground, celebrating Easter and Christmas (just to name a few) aren't rituals. Interesting to see so many still so frightened of a word.

  • jerhone - 2013-07-24 15:43

    great kings of the stuggle? was it king tut and amen ramen, heaven forbid, if he recovers they'll be convinced it was them that healed him

  • Julie Elisabeth Craytor - 2013-07-24 15:49

    Oh gees! leave the poor old man alone!

  • Vasco Vigis - 2013-07-24 15:54

    More material for Trevor Noah and his friends.

  • Mfundzi Manocha Risenga Zaveni - 2013-07-24 15:54

    Omg waste of tym

  • Carolyn Nosipho Mncube - 2013-07-24 16:01

    so the Sangomas think God has failed our prayers

      Dumisani Nobela - 2013-07-24 16:05

      They have been decived by the devil,they comunicate with evil sprit

  • Don Master - 2013-07-24 16:04

    Why do people still need Mandela around? He cannot live forever. The last time he made a speech or appeared in public was years ago. Let the old man rest in peace, he has done his job.

  • MastersVoice - 2013-07-24 16:09

    Absolute nonsense! As longs as these outdated rituals and religions determine people's perspectives on life, we cannot progress as a "rainbow nation".

  • Moni Morena - 2013-07-24 16:13

    Aaarg man,,,Those things wont work, the expresident is frail n old,nothing will help.

  • Lambert Simango - 2013-07-24 16:18

    Why does one expect life from pple who also died??????............................seriously?

  • Wabomba Rogers - 2013-07-24 16:19

    Good move by the sangomas. He will live many more years with the help of the ancestors.

      Dumisani Nobela - 2013-07-24 16:29

      If these what so called ancestors were mighty,why they did save themself from dying.only God's will will previl at the end.God bless Madiba.AMEN!

  • John Tex - 2013-07-24 16:22


  • Hannelie Eksteen - 2013-07-24 16:51

    I know what I believe in. Believe what you want because you already made up your mind and it does not matter what I say you will always think you have an answer. One day we will all meet again........then we will see.

  • Bhekubaba Mawelela - 2013-07-24 17:05

    ye shall not cling on another person's soul but cling unto yours.Amen!! Mandela has done his part ,its ours that we should deal with.

  • Vivian Harris - 2013-07-24 17:11

    Really!?! 21st century and people actually think its gonna work. Darkest Africa indeed.

      Beeg Balaboy - 2013-07-24 17:46

      and i suppose u believe some dude who has been dead for 2000 yrs is gonna pitch up and lift u up into the clouds. even ur dead relatives will come to life, rotting corpses and all.

      Vivian Harris - 2013-07-24 19:21

      @beeg....I don't believe in much unless I've seen something with my own eyes. As for you bunch that believe in muti and dead ancestors....

  • Lionel Schultz - 2013-07-24 17:45

    Ancestors of the struggle, what a criminal and terrosist bunch, may as well as call on the devil himself.

  • Nelson Mthembu - 2013-07-24 18:42

    Atheistis Go milk a zebra...GOD exist in everyone of us,,read a book by Credo mutwa "indaba my children" what u just said is absolute madness.

  • Nelson Mthembu - 2013-07-24 18:48

    Unlike you atheitis we AFricans can trace our history tens of thousands years back...that's why we do things the African way, I'm sure u can trace yours 2000 years back...

  • Pierre Nykamp - 2013-07-24 19:03

    everybody, get your leopard skins.

  • Floyd Boii - 2013-07-24 19:05

    Atheitis.. Dont be angry because you have different beliefs (non bieliefs) than other people. S.A is multi cultural and if you dont like it you can move to Sweden or something. Are you gonna rant and rave on every religious based article? Just do your own thing bro. You didnt have to read this when you saw the headline. If I dont like sport you dont see mee lambasting every rugby and cricket news article. Live and let live

  • DezLee - 2013-07-24 19:07

    OMG so its true..Mandela is an African! with a belief in ancestors..what will become of us

  • Nelson Mthembu - 2013-07-24 19:13

    There u go again atheists ... God exist in you and so r u!! I'll tell you 1thing you r still far from the light...keep looking at ur mirror.

  • Mfanie - 2013-07-24 19:17

    if one believes in God,its ok! if one believes in the Ancestors then its not ok. you claim to love and respect Mandela yet when rituals are performed for the same person who also believed in them, the you start to frown shame on you

  • Philip Buys - 2013-07-24 19:52

    @atheitis... You are really trying hard to get your message across. Deep inside there seem to be a longing to belong. I pity you, and pray that you may see the Light, and expierence that wonderful peace.

  • Beeg Balaboy - 2013-07-24 20:01

    how can u possibly believe in such a ludicrous thing as ancestors. we christians believe when jesus returns (yes we know he died 2000 years ago) he will lift us all up (fatties included-gravity will be suspended to make it easier) to meet him in the clouds. christians, dead for thousands of years, will miraculously be put together, unlike humpty dumpty, and will also meet jesus on cloud nine. now, surely this is more plausable than thinking our ancestors will heal us!

  • Elliott Buchan - 2013-07-25 09:30

    This story what those witch doctors are going to do is all so much of a large bucket of excrement a fancy word for S---t it could only happen in the dark continent Ha!Ha!

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