'Lazarus' sent for mental observation

2012-02-15 11:51

Pietermaritzburg - The man who claimed to be the award-winning maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo is to be sent for further mental observation.

Sphamandla Sibusiso John Gcabashe, 29, appeared in court in Nquthu on Tuesday. Curious members of the public were allowed in to see the proceedings unfold.

Scores had travelled from all over the country previously to see him when he greeted the crowds in Esigqumeni on February 5, saying he had come back to life.

Mgqumeni’s uncle, Dalincebo Khumalo, brought in clean clothing for Gcabashe before the court proceedings started. He asked police to accompany him to the cells.

Gcabashe is charged with fraud and perjury. He appeared in a courtroom packed with family, friends and community members who wanted to find out more about the case and see him in the dock.


State prosecutor Sam Mpongose handed in a psychiatric report compiled by Madadeni Hospital physician ND Magubane.

The physician said Gcabashe had a history of seeing tokoloshes and animals that other people did not see, dating back to when he was 18. He had never been treated by Western doctors, but had consulted a traditional healer.

He said Gcabashe’s mother had a “mental illness” and that he did not have a history of substance abuse.

“He is currently apsychotic and can appreciate the wrongfulness and consequences of claiming he is Mgqumeni when he is not.”

Magubane said Gcabashe was “fit to stand trial at present, but in view of his post-psychotic history, I cannot say whether he was psychotic or not at the time of [the] commission of [the] crime.”

He might need to be transferred to Fort Napier Hospital for 28 days’ observation to clarify this, said Magubane in the report.

Gcabashe’s legal aid attorney, Senzo Mhlongo, said his client would not apply for bail until he had been to hospital and they had the report.

The prosecutor told the court it could take up to six months to secure a bed at Fort Napier hospital, “but I shall have to ask the director of public prosecutions because of the nature of the offence”.

Gold tooth

Magistrate Mphumeleli Nkosi remanded Gcabashe in custody until March 6.

The Khumalos said they believed that Gcabashe was Mgqumeni because different traditional healers had told them Mgqumeni was still alive.

Sceptics had questioned why Gcabashe has a gold tooth when Mgqumeni did not have one.

Gcabashe’s cousin, Khulisile Majola, said they had noticed this when he appeared in the media.

“We think he put a gold tooth in the gap in his teeth as he was assaulted by his schoolmate … and his tooth broke when he was doing Grade 3.”

  • Sunett - 2012-02-15 12:15

    Can only smile and shake my head...

      Typersa - 2012-02-15 13:18

      Hahahahahah, yeah this is ridiculous!!! What a joke

  • Jerolan - 2012-02-15 12:22

    Dont need a shrink to conclude he is loony

  • teayance - 2012-02-15 12:22

    From now on, take every single person who claim to be your family for DNA test

  • mmatau - 2012-02-15 12:23

    I would've done a DNA test by now- just common sense

  • Mpho - 2012-02-15 12:40

    if john edwards can talk to the dead, then its possible that that singer spirit entered this man's body!

      seanseabela - 2012-02-15 12:42

      ey mpho! lol

  • Dale - 2012-02-15 12:47

    They have special rooms with white padding for people like this guy. I cant believe people believed him, how ignorant

  • indlela - 2012-02-15 13:00

    there is a reason for everything in the universe! I cant wait for the 'tradiotional specialists' to find out if the singer really died!

  • seanseabela - 2012-02-15 13:01

    I believe Him. 100%

  • malcolm - 2012-02-15 13:07

    If he has been working around with Zombies for the last few months, perhaps the ANC have a senior position available for him in the government.

      seanseabela - 2012-02-15 13:21

      you hate the ANC no doubt about that!

  • Zion - 2012-02-15 13:23

    Did I read the word Tokoloshes and if so then that is the basis of all the problems.

  • Warren - 2012-02-15 13:36

    Why is this reporter, or for that matter, the editor of News24 even allowing his staff to report on this bulldust. There are certainly matters much more worthy and of more importance regarding this country to report on than this drivel. I cannot believe that dark ages voodoo black magic should even get a mention on your site. I suppose the report should have read that a DNA test could not be carried out because of the cash flow crisis in the State Labs due to non government payment to them in KZN. Now that is news not this hogwash. Good grief.

      Danie - 2012-02-15 16:17

      It's published for comic relief.

  • Danie - 2012-02-15 16:13

    Apsychotic? Just make it psychotic, suffering from abnormal thinking, delusions etc. Believers in magic and traditional healers have no solution for this kind of thing, and are prone to believe in supernatural explanations. Remember Mgqumeni, the singer whose identity this person assumed? He drank medicine from a traditional healer and died.

  • thembani.loliwe - 2012-02-15 17:01

    Hope this man does not come up with another story and claim to be Whitney Houston! hahaaaa

  • busigazamba - 2012-02-16 09:43

    I still have a question on what exactly happened when he died. What causes the family members to be double minded about the situation? I think there is much more to the situation that what we are told by the media nd the family members know better.

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