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SA is poorer after Credo Mutwa’s death

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Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa last year hailed him as a ‘human treasure’.


26 Mar 2020
PREMIUM!
SA is poorer after Credo Mutwa’s death

KURUMAN, SOUTH AFRICA - 9 October 2008: Credo Mutwa is a Zulu sangoma, Sanusi traditional healer, cultural historian, author, painter, sculptor and mystic prophet. He is photographed in his home in Mothibistad, a township outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi)

Credo Mutwa would feature prominently among the top 50 eminent South Africans of the latter half of the last century. Mutwa was charismatic, mystic, beguiling, fascinating and hypnotic. He died yesterday at the ripe age of 98, in Kuruman, Northern Cape. His was a character whose life was steeped in pathos and controversy. Two years ago, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award at the SA Literary Awards for his “indigenous wisdom”. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa last year hailed him as a “human treasure”. Yet, during the uprisings of 1976, students accused him of being an...

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