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Sono sethu yinyaniso?

In South Africa, Sibusiso Gcabashe, a singer, is starting 22 years in jail.

A court in Pietermaritzburg sentenced him for impersonating a dead Zulu musician, and kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old woman.

In 2012 Gcabashe came on the scene and claimed he was the famous singer, Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo, who died in 2009.

Gcabashe (posing as Khumalo) claimed that he had been kidnapped by a witch-doctor, who had cast a spell on him and held him in a cave with zombies.

Thousands of fans flocked to Gcabashe’s house in KwaZulu-Natal in 2012 believing Khumalo had been resurrected.

His family are still divided as to whether or not Gcabashe is the real Khumalo.

Sam Khumalo, Mgqumeni’s father, said at the trial: “There is a person out there named Gcabashe who committed all these crimes, but [the one convicted] is iBhova [another nickname for Khumalo], that is why we will appeal. We are not happy with the sentence.”

 

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