ANC mourns death of renowned storyteller, healer Credo Mutwa

FILE IMAGE: International renowned prophet Credo Mutwa during an interview on November 16, 2013 in Kuruman, South Africa. Ntate Mutwa (92) has announced his retirement; he won't be making any more public predictions.
FILE IMAGE: International renowned prophet Credo Mutwa during an interview on November 16, 2013 in Kuruman, South Africa. Ntate Mutwa (92) has announced his retirement; he won't be making any more public predictions.
Image: Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jan Right

The ANC has mourned the passing of African philosopher, author and traditional healer  Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, describing his death as a loss to the nation.

On Wednesday morning the Credo Mutwa Foundation confirmed that the renowned storyteller had died at the age of 98.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said the country had lost one of its finest sons.

“He devoted most of his energy towards preserving African culture, and challenging the tendency to relegate African cultural practices and beliefs to myths and superstitions. The once vibrant storyteller and traditional healer is respected for his role in advocating for the use of traditional medicines and discovering the origins of mankind. During his active years as a shaman, Mutwa traveled across the country in search of hidden truths.

“This great South African will be remembered for his predictions of key world events, including the assassination of Chris Hani, the 1976 June 16 uprisings, and other key political developments in the country,” Mabe said.

Born Vusamazulu Credo Mutwathe traditional healer was respected country-wide. He is known as an author of books that draw upon African mythology.

His most recent work is a graphic novel called The Tree of Life Trilogy, based on the writings of his most famous book, Indaba, my Children.

In 2018 he was honoured with an USIBA award presented by the department of arts & culture for his work in indigenous wisdom.

Indaba, My Children was both a commercial and critical success after selling over 250,000 copies in South Africa alone. In addition, Mutwa also pursued his talents as a painter and sculptor. 

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