An association of traditional healers in the North West province - North West Dingaka Association - says it lost a great leader with a wealth of knowledge in the death of a well-known sanusi (sangoma), cultural activist and author, Credo Mutwa.
He died on Wednesday at the age of 98 in a Northern Cape hospital after an illness.
North West Dingaka Association president, Anna Rabotapi, said when Mutwa was in Mahikeng in 2018 he warned them to be careful of the danger that was coming and at the time they did not understand him.
“We are truly hurt because on the 11th of October 2018 he was in Mahikeng and we were at Letlamoreng Dam, where he used to work long ago. He said dingaka be careful of the danger that is coming, but we did not understand him. He said government is going to fight in the coming years, as traditional healers, please love one another.
"It's only after we were told about his passing today that we remembered that he once said something about a coming danger. And now we are faced with this disease [coronavirus], but we didn’t understand him when he tried to warn us. Not knowing if there's any more dangers that are still coming,” said Rabotapi.
Mutwa was known for making accurate predictions of some big events like the 1976 student uprising in Soweto, the assassination of former ANC and SACP leader Chris Hani in 1993, the 911 attacks on the United States of America that included the dramatic bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001 and the removal of Thabo Mbeki as South African president in 2008.
The Credo Mutwa Foundation spokesperson, Matshidiso Setai, appealed to the nation to give Mutwa’s family space during this mourning time.
“The Foundation is requesting the nation to join the family in mourning and during this time we humbly request that the family be given the space to mourn," Rabotapi said.
The well-known traditional healer was born Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa on 21 July 1921 in KwaZulu-Natal.