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image The baby’s mother, Girly Shaw, holds the baby as she shows the beaded wristband (circled) he was born wearing. (RIGHT PIC) The tiny pieces of bones (circled) that the baby was allegedly holding in his folded hand when he was born. (Pics: Bonisile Makhubu)

HLATIKHULU – History could be recorded if a three-month-old baby believed to be a ‘Sangoma’ turns out to be, as he was born wearing beads and holding tiny bones. 

The baby’s father is a practising traditional healer and his first born daughter (11) is said to be capable of telling people things about themselves, a skill said to be made possible by the ancestors.

His mother claims that the baby boy, who was delivered at Hlatikhulu Government Hospital, came with a beaded wristband on the right arm, a rope tied around one ankle and holding two pieces of tiny bones in one hand.
She describes the bones as similar to the ones normally used by traditional healers who are gifted with fortune-telling.
Girly Shaw said she had not anticipated this when she gave birth to Siphamandla Mkhonta in October last year.


She values the bones and the beads so much that she still keeps them and she stores them in a moneybag together with the umbilical cord clipper that dropped off from the baby’s navel when it was a week old.
She has since removed the rope because it grew tighter on the baby’s ankle as it gained weight.

Siphamandla is her third-born as she has two other children, a boy and a girl from
a previous relationship.
“I went through labour and delivered the following day at the hospital. The baby was taken from me wrapped in a blanket and while I was in the ward I decided to check him to see if everything was fine with him,” she said.
She said she noticed the beads on the arm, the rope and the bones in the hand.

“I called his father and he told me not to panic until he arrived. When he got there he explained that he was aware that the baby could be born with these accessories and said it was a symbol that he would become a sangoma.”

Comments (3 posted):

Ncwala on 10/01/2015 08:20:09
Salubuya baba utolandza ibandla lakho,kulikhuni
THOBZIN on 10/01/2015 11:01:08
sive phiri on 10/01/2015 19:36:51
Yaa mybe in 2015 is when lot o things may happen,while a baby born she such a thing cinani emithandazweni yenu might de demon

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