Traditional healer promises to raise teenager from the dead

Traditional healer promises to raise teenager from the dead
Published: 2014 January 17 17:07:28 (9698 Views)
A family has been left heartbroken after a 15-year-old trainee traditional healer, Onalenna Gabonewe, from Maphoitsile Village in South Africa, died at a traditional healer initiation ceremony.

His mother Anna and grandmother Catherine buried him on 4 January and then they were told that he would rise from the dead.

Apparently Onalenna had drowned during cleansing and the family was told he was a victim of the river snake.

According to the family, traditional healer Thulaganyo Pitso explained that the river snake would send a black bird to their house as a sign that Onalenna would come back.

Then Onalenna's mother said the family saw the bird.

"I had hope when I saw the bird coming into our house," Anna said.

"It made a loud noise and left."

And so last Tuesday afternoon, people from far and near gathered to see Onalenna come back from the grave.

He was supposed to appear between 11am and noon, but when nothing happened, traditional healer Thulaganyo extended the time to 6pm.



Still nothing happened.

When the traditional healer disappeared, Anna went looking for her at Lokaleng, where she lives, but without success.

Said Anna: "Originally I was told that my son had died and I went with my sister to identify the body. We buried him. I paid the required deposit money of R1 100 to the sangoma and was willing to see my son coming back healed.

"But now my son is not home in time to start his grade 7 classes."

Gogo Catherine Gabonewe (84) said: "We want our child. We have buried something that only that sangoma knows."

Daily Sun tracked down sangoma Thulaganyo but she denied she would bring back the boy. She said she only told the family Onalenna was killed by a river snake.

"I didn't claim his spirit was in the black bird. God and my ancestors will answer for me."

Now the family and the village are confused and shocked and don't know what will happen next.

North West police spokeswoman Sergeant Kealeboga Molale said an inquest docket was registered at Taung cop shop.

"We are still awaiting post mortem results to determine the cause of death," said Molale.



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