Tragic: Two sangomas drown during ritual in KwaZulu Natal


A flooding river is deadly. Unfortunately, two sangomas underestimated the danger before drowning in the Umlazi River in Hammarsdale.

Two trainee sangomas drowned during an initiation ritual ceremony in KwaZulu Natal’s Hammarsdale after going missing for a week.


According to the report, the bodies of Bongumusa Magubane (29) and Nkosinathi Zwane (31), from Georgedale in Mpumalanga were found on Monday after they were last seen in December with a leader.

The deceased duo were accompanied by a third man who managed to survive and tell the tale.

According to IOL, the two sangomas who drowned to death were also members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe). They had gone to the river to “improve prophetic powers” (isithunywa). Sadly, things did not go smoothly at all.

One of the deceased’s grandmother told IOL that her grandson left with a promise he was going to be back in a week. However, police soon came to her house to deliver the unexpected nightmare.

She said the prophet who took Nkosinathi didn’t reveal he was newly a sangoma, nor did he say he was taking her grandson for initiation rituals.


In another closely related report, the NSRI said an unidentified man was still missing after he had been washed off rocks by waves in Port Edward.

According to Gert du Plessis, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Edward station commander, the incident happened at around 17:36 on Saturday.

“The NSRI were activated to reports of a drowning in progress at Splash Rock where an unidentified man had been washed off rocks by waves.

“A sea rescue craft was launched, NSRI rescue swimmers and Police Search and Rescue responded,” he said.
Du Plessis said despite an extensive search there remains no sign of the man.

“Police Search and Rescue, assisted by NSRI Port Edward, are continuing in a search and investigations to determine the identity of the man,” he added.


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