Shock as 3 sangomas ‘disappear’ while performing a cleansing ritual in sacred river

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A SANGOMAS’ cleansing ceremony ended in tears when three of them drowned.

The shocking incident happened in Umlazi, south of Durban, when the three drowned at the sacred Ezimbokodweni river on Saturday.

Gobela Qhamukile Molefe (65), her boyfriend Vulindlela Hadebe( 62), who is also sangoma, and thwasa Nonsikelelo Mbili (24) failed to swim offshore and all of them drowned.

Nonsikelelo’s brother, Lungani Mbili (42), told Daily Sun today that his sister was taken to the river to officially accept idlozi.

He said the report the family received was that she slipped in the rocks and fell into the deep side of the river.

He said gobela Molefe rushed to rescue her, but she disappeared into the water.

Mbili said gobela Hadebe too sprung to the river to help them, but was also swallowed by the river.

“We are devastated. My sister has had this calling for a long time but when she just accepted and gone through the process to officially accept idlozi, she died. We are confused now whether she shouldn’t have accepted the calling or not,” said Mbili.

Gobela Molefe’s son, who is also sangoma, refused to talk to the SunTeam.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said that their search and rescue unit were alerted about the drowning and rushed to the river. She said the unit retrieved three bodies from river.

“Folweni cops have opened three dockets of inquest and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the drowning.”

— DailySun

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