Popular radio DJ gets healing call - Mchunu to become an Inyanga

TO GRADUATE: Ukhozi FM's Ngizwe Mchunu is now both a traditional healer and presenter PHOTO: THULI DLAMINI
TO GRADUATE: Ukhozi FM's Ngizwe Mchunu is now both a traditional healer and presenter PHOTO: THULI DLAMINI

UKHOZI FM'S presenter Ngizwe Mchunu is to juggle traditional healing and the airwaves when he graduates after three years in training to become a healer.

Mchunu's family is planning a huge celebration ceremony to welcome him home next month as a fully qualified inyanga.

A close family source revealed that he started training at Mhluzi in Middleburg since May this year, where he is being groomed by a well-known inyanga in the area.

Before that he had successfully completed his first phase of training in 2011.

"This is his ancestoral gift. He was born to become a traditional healer. At first he tried to ignore the signs, until he decided to give in and accepted the calling."

The family member said the deejay always had visions and the gift of seeing the future in his dreams when he was growing up.

Popular for his love for Zulu traditions and music, Mchunu has been able to conduct the intense training over the three years, while working on radio and television.

"He feels confident that through the help of his ancestors he is going to be able to juggle both careers," said the source.

A source from within the station also confirmed that Mchunu, who hosts Isigqi Sezwe from Mondays to Thursdays between 2 - 5am, has been away from work for about a month to fast-track the training in time to graduate next month.

"He is very excited and relieved that it has come to an end. Finally he is going to have his own isigodlo [consulting rooms] in Durban," said the colleague.

For his homecoming celebration the family will slaughter a cow and brew traditional beer.

Mchunu once made headlines when he tried to sue the South African Revenue Services for R10-million for discrimination after guards at the King Shaka International Airport confiscated his shield before he got on a plane to Dubai in 2011.

Mchunu confirmed that his calling and that he had respected the wishes of his ancestors to be trained to become a healer.

"It's the work that my ancestors want me to do. I respect my tradition, and my culture," he said.


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