‘Mass grave’ sangoma backs Zuma
THE sangoma who sent KZN government officials on a wild goose chase after claiming there were mass graves on a South Coast farm has re-emerged — this time as one of Jacob Zuma’s high-profile supporters.
Bongekile Nonhlanhla Nkomo (pictured), fondly known as Mshanelo, is at the forefront of Zuma’s support group backing him in his corruption case.
Yesterday Nkomo was in the Pietermaritzburg high court, rubbing shoulders with some of Zuma’s VIP supporters, including ANC national executive member Mosebenzi Zwane and KwaZulu-Natal MPL, Vusi Dube. Asked about her role in the Zuma support group, Nkomo said she was there to support Zuma.
“... As people of this province we supported him when he was president. We can’t turn our backs on him now that he is no longer president.
“... I’m a sangoma who uses the gift I was given by my ancestors to help people. But today, I’m here as an ordinary member of the public,” she said.
Four years ago, Nkomo led a provincial government delegation that included then premier Senzo Mchunu to a farm called Glenroy on the South Coast where she claimed a vision had shown her mass burial sites. At the time, Nkomo said the vision had told her the graves were those of farm workers who were used as slaves by racist farmers during the apartheid period.
Mchunu then asked the national government to send forensic experts from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to go to the farm and conduct an investigation.
However, after digging around the sites Nkomo had pointed out to Mchunu and other government officials, NPA experts found no trace of the graves. But Nkomo still insists that the graves exist. “What happened is that the NPA people excluded me during their investigation.
“I needed to be there so that the ancestors could assist the investigators locate the graves. They went alone,” she said.