The African National Congress (ANC) mourns the passing of an African philosopher, author and traditional healer, Baba Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, at the age of 98. His passing is indeed a loss, not only to the arts and culture fraternity, but to the entire nation.
Africa has lost one of its finest sons whose contribution to our country and continent remains immeasurable. 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.
An African intellectual of note, he was the author of several books. Baba Mutwa’s knowledge and intelligence is unparalleled. One of his books Indaba, My Children, was both a commercial and critical success after selling over 250,000 copies in South Africa alone. In addition, Credo Mutwa also pursued his talents as a painter and sculptor.
The people of our country will treasure his memory as one of our most distinguished sons who consciously chose to place his spiritual gifts at the disposal of his nation.
The ANC extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Baba Credo Mutwa as they navigate through this difficult period.
May the soul of this African giant rest in eternal peace
ISSUED BY THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
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