SA is poorer after Credo Mutwa’s loss of life

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SA is poorer after Credo Mutwa’s death



Credo Mutwa would characteristic prominently among the many prime 50 eminent South Africans of the latter half of the final century. Mutwa was charismatic, mystic, beguiling, fascinating and hypnotic. He died yesterday on the ripe age of 98, in Kuruman, Northern Cape. His was a personality whose life was steeped in pathos and controversy. Two years in the past, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award on the SA Literary Awards for his “indigenous knowledge”. Arts and Tradition Minister Nathi Mthethwa final yr hailed him as a “human treasure”. But, in the course of the uprisings of 1976, college students accused him of being an…Credo Mutwa would characteristic prominently among the many prime 50 eminent South Africans of the latter half of the final century. Mutwa was charismatic, mystic, beguiling, fascinating and hypnotic. He died yesterday on the ripe age of 98, in Kuruman, Northern Cape.
His was a personality whose life was steeped in pathos and controversy. Two years in the past, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award on the SA Literary Awards for his “indigenous knowledge”.
Arts and Tradition Minister Nathi Mthethwa final yr hailed him as a “human treasure”. But, in the course of the uprisings of 1976, college students accused him of being an apartheid stooge and set his African cultural village in Soweto alight.
The scholars considered the village as selling the apartheid philosophy of “separate growth”. Mutwa later moved to Mahikeng, after which Kuruman, the place he continued his work with relentless vitality.
Born in Zululand on 21 July 1921, he didn’t attend college till he was 14. He was a healer, painter, sculptor, and sanusi (prophet), who decried the devastation of the Aids epidemic. He died simply because the coronavirus was taking off, and it will have been attention-grabbing to listen to his views as he believed the whole lot was prophesied.
The nation is lots poorer with out him.
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