Police officers in trouble after demolishing popular sangoma’s shrine


A FURIOUS SANGOMA is warning umasipala that it took on a battle it will regret.

“Breaking down my indumba is not just a crime against me!” she fumed.


The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement tore down the sangoma’s newly-built indumba in the Mau Mau area in Nyanga last Friday, 9 September.

The sangoma said she had built her indumba, which is attached to the flat that she occupied without permission, three days before it was demolished.

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She’s counting her losses.

She spent more than R20 000 to buy bricks, cement and zinc sheets as well as to pay the builder and his assistant to build her indumba, which she wanted to use as her consulting room.

“They are not destroying my house but the house of the ancestors

My ancestors will deal with them,” she said.

“They will fight their war on their own and it will not end well for those who demolished it.

The sangoma believes some jealous person reported her to the authorities.

“I’m not the only one who occupied a home illegally and extended it. Why was only my house demolished?” she asked.

“All the houses in the area have extensions. There are people who are jealous of me who reported me.”

Community leader Simphiwe Mayekiso said they are taking the matter up with their lawyers.

He accused the City of Cape Town of using an old court order to demolish the woman’s place of work.

Some residents, however, accused the sangoma of being careless.

“You know we occupied these homes illegally but you still build a rondavel. We are not in the rural areas.

“Your rondavel invited the attention of the traffic cops.

“Nobody reported you. You’ve invited problems for all of us,” said a resident.

Law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said the building was erected illegally.

“There was no authority or permission granted by the city to extend the vacant unit and she did not submit any building plans for approval to the city.

“It is important to note that the unit is not allocated to her,” said Dyason.

“The lawful beneficiary is waiting for the compliance certificate and will then move in.”

— Daily Sun

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