‘Mass grave’ san­goma backs Zuma

Weekend Witness - - News - CLIVE NDOU

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.

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