'Resurrected' artist charged with fraud

2012-02-07 22:09

Durban - The man claiming to be resurrected maskandi artist Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo appeared in the Nquthu Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Sibusiso John Gcabashe, 28, will remain in police custody and his case was remanded to February 14 for a bail hearing," Colonel Jay Naicker said.

Gcabashe was taken in for questioning on Sunday and had since been charged with fraud, Naicker said.

He claimed to be the multi-award winning traditional Zulu folk music artist, who was buried in 2010.

Khumalo died in December 2009. He was buried by his family in the KwaGxobanyawo cemetery in early 2010.

The man claiming to be the resurrected artist, told The Times newspaper: "I have been suffering a lot at the place where I was kept with zombies. It was hell there and I am so grateful that I was able to free myself and return to my family and you, my supporters."

Police said earlier that investigations would determine whether the police needed to file a High Court application to exhume the body thought to be Khumalo's.

According to weekend reports, hysterical fans flocked to Khumalo's family homestead in Nquthu, near Dundee, after news broke on Thursday about his arrival.

  • bernpm - 2012-02-08 01:26

    Interesting to see the hordes of people coming to see this "resurrected" star. A hint for the next elections to convince the people/masses to vote for you. Send Zille on a long holiday, have a funeral and resurrect her at election time. The whole of KZN behind her :-))

  • isaac.mpusha - 2012-02-08 08:09

    what type of case are they gona open for this man?

      Colourless - 2012-02-08 08:12

      Fraud and identity theft.

      Carl - 2012-02-08 08:33

      Isaac...are you an idiot? Clearly

  • Felix - 2012-02-08 08:24

    Me thinks a psychiatrist is in order.

  • Linda - 2012-02-08 08:38

    Cannot steal something that does not exist, what did he steal the grave or what?

  • Pretty - 2012-02-08 08:58

    lock him up and throw away the keys, i can just imagine what the family is going thorugh right now opening the old wounds

  • Vuyolwethu - 2012-02-08 09:02

    I am confused with the names, who's who here? Incomplete story again

  • Mzamo - 2012-02-08 09:10

    Translation seem to be a big problem these days. This guy did not say he has resurected as this report says. In many instances where whe I have heard him talking he said "angifanga mina, ngathwetshulwa....". This means "he did not die...." Now the problem comes with the work "thwebula", there is no English word that can be used. Basically this word (thwebula) means that the witchcraft "stole" his soul to use it for witchraft activities. You don't actually die, but the way it is done you will be seen as a dead person and the family will bury your "image" beleiving its you. Therefore this is not the same as resurection! In resurection, you die and by the power of God, you rise to life again (like Lazarus). So our journalists must be careful not to confuse the nation. NEVERTHELESS, this guy is wrong for misleading the nation and he must be punished for what he did.

      Danie - 2012-02-08 12:44

      Thanks for a very interesting look into the problems of translation. To me it seems Poor Sibusisu may be suffering from a delusional disorder. Delusions of grandeur are not all that uncommon, quite a few Napoleons, Elvises etc around. I have to admit that I sometimes worry about the effects of traditional beliefs among black people. Thanks for a post written clearly enough for me. I'm not one of those grammar and spelling nazis that gleefully jump on every little mistake.

  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 09:23

    Give him a double Bells...The man played an Ace...the idiots are the stupid followers thinking that he has been resurrected!!

  • Milton - 2012-02-14 11:36


  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-02-14 12:04

    Atleast the poor guy had his 15 minutes of fame!!!

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