A MAN (21) believed to be a sangoma died after he drowned in a river.
Residents of Atteridgeville, Tshwane, suspect the man was performing rituals at the river near a hardware store in Brazzaville.
They said the sangoma was among at least five others who went to the river on the morning of 30 September, but he never made it out alive.
He was pulled out of the dark waters by divers from the South African Police Service and Tshwane emergency services.
Residents who are familiar with the area told Daily Sun various izangoma and prophets visit the river to either perform rituals or pray.
According to a witness, the man was wearing sangoma regalia when he entered the river.
“There were close to five people. Some were wearing sangoma outfits and others were wearing church garments.
“The deceased left others and went to the deep area of the river.
“They saw him go inside the deep area and never came back,” he said.
He said some residents had warned them the place was dangerous as more than three people had died there in the past. The man said they wanted the place fenced.
Another resident who grew up in area said she grew up hearing tales about mermaids in that pool.
“We grew up hearing that there are mermaids in the pool. Our elders used to tell us stories of people who were taken by water creatures and returned as mediums, so we never went there.”
Traditional healer Kuppe Banda said some izangoma made the big mistakes of going to rivers when they were not clean.
Tshwane Emergency Services spokesman Charles Mabaso said their team and the police retrieved the body of a man (21), who drowned in a river near a hardware store in Brazzaville, Atteridgeville.
— Daily Sun