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Fake Mgqumeni is a thief!

By Canaan Mdletshe | Mar 15, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 56 ]

SIBUSISO Gcabashe, who recently claimed to be "Mgqumeni", is in fact a serial fraudster and a thief. He is also being investigated over a rape case

Gcabashe tricked many people in and outside South Africa into believing that he was the resurrected maskandi musician Khulekani "Mgqumeni" Khumalo.

But the Nquthu Magistrate's Court heard yesterday that he is a convict with three other pending cases against him.

Among the pending cases are rape, believed to have been committed in eXobho on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

He is also linked to two other cases, one of which is theft that happened in Inanda, north of Durban, and Umlazi, south of the city.

This was revealed by investigating officer Eric Maphari who testified against Gcabashe receiving bail.

Maphari said Gcabashe had three previous convictions, including theft, during which, he identified himself by various names and gave different residential addresses.

Gcabashe is set to face the full might of the law since he was declared fit to stand trial.

Prosecutor Sam Mpungose confirmed to the court that a psychiatric report from Fort Napier Mental Hospital, where Gcabashe's mental state was examined, revealed that the 28-year-old man from eMaqongqo in Pietermaritzburg was mentally fit to stand trial.

He is charged with fraud and perjury following his claims earlier this year that he was a resurrected musician, Mgqumeni, who died after a short illness in December 2009.

Mgqumeni was buried in January 2010 in Mpofana, a rural area in Nquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

But the news of his resurrection from the dead turned the rural village of Nquthu into a media frenzy, making national and international news.

Gcabashe's claims attracted people from as far as Lesotho, Swaziland and across different provinces who flocked to Nquthu to get a glimpse of him and see for themselves that Mgqumeni had indeed returned from the dead.

During his first public appearance Gcabashe claimed that he had been held captive in a cave by a traditional healer who wanted to turn him into a zombie.

He also claimed, much to the disapproval or endorsement of some people, that he was forced to eat soil mixed with milk.

But he was later arrested after fingerprints showed that he was not Mgqumeni.


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Mar 15, 2012 2:53 | 0 replies

Too much tribalism today!!

Mar 15, 2012 1:7 | 0 replies

He looks better and now that he's a changed man, i'm looking forward for good behaviour as well.

Mar 15, 2012 1:4 | 0 replies

Damn! this article is funny, hahhahaha.

Mar 15, 2012 1:3 | 0 replies


Im good-good. Where have u been hiding?

Mar 15, 2012 1:0 | 0 replies


Lets open a debate on how we can establish one of the SAn languages as an official language or medium of instruction. This is one of the ways we can restore SAn culture and unity.

Mar 15, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies


u look handsome hun...

Mar 15, 2012 12:45 | 0 replies


What's up with being Tribal!sts..? We all South Africans maaan, i don't c are where you from, as long you born and bred in SA, then that's it

Mar 15, 2012 12:37 | 0 replies


African culture is very diverse and massive.In other words AFRICAN CULTURE is a big word ,we can spend the whole day talking about it.It encompasses a lot.In SA we have a multicultural society and that forms the fundamental basis of everything we have.We need political tolerance, freedom of association and freedom of expression.Remember apartheid was a part of certain cultural society..
How many people are oppressed and suppressed because of certain culture.People misuse culture in misleading others.They can be intrusive,insensitive and remember people are dying out there because of clashes of different cultures and religion.I am not going into details because this can take the whole day .
I'll give you an example of some people according to their culture you need to rap e children to cure aids.So I don't b u y any that.

Mar 15, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

Halo my choma - i was in the hospital bare i must be a Sangoma.

Mar 15, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

Yah neh, this is boring now! He will be Witney soon

Mar 15, 2012 12:13 | 0 replies