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Credo Mutwa laid to rest

The late Sanusi, our spiritual elder, uBaba Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, was laid to rest on Friday 3 April 2020. His final resting place will be in the , where he has been accorded a Provincial Special Official funeral.

On Wednesday 25 March, Credo Mutwa left this world.

Born on 21 July 1921, uBaba Credo Mutwa was a vocal advocate in all spheres of life, health, art, culture and spiritual wellness.

He established a trust called ‘Vulinda Trust’ in 1999 to preserve traditional knowledge and to promote the use of traditional medicine. He researched plants for the purpose of healing, most popularly, a plant called ‘Unwele’, traditionally used as a well-being tonic, which has demonstrated anti-cancer activity through invitro studies.

uBaba Credo Mutwa did not only possess unmatched spiritual powers, he was also a visual artist, a cultural activist and a thought-leader. He rightfully earned his title of iSanusi (a diviner or prophet). He authored a seminal book ‘Indaba, My children’, that sold over 250, 000 copies.

From birth, uBaba Credo Mutwa was a traveler and a seeker of knowledge. He was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, 98 years ago.  He moved to live with his father in Johannesburg in his youth, when his biological mother passed away. He then moved back to live with his grandmother in Kwa-Zulu Natal when his calling to become a Traditional Healer surfaced. He also received training in Swaziland.

As a Traditional Healer, uBaba moved back to Gauteng and started a family while living in Soweto, where he established his model African Village. It was during this period that uBaba wrote his epic book, ‘Indaba, my children’, where he educated the world on the way of life of African people, from the cradle to the grave. Thereafter, he moved from Soweto in 1976 and established another cultural village outside Mahikeng, in the North West. His final home was in the Northern Cape.

His legacy was honored and uplifted through various efforts initiated by the department of sports arts and culture that upheld his integrity both professional and personal while he was alive

Annual lectures were scheduled to kick off from 20 March 2020 (dates that were set prior to the COVID-19 outbreak). These lectures were scheduled to take place across the country, in several provinces that formed a part of Baba Mutwa’s life journey.

His work finds resonance in the five domains of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Namely, oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of our cultural heritage, performing arts, social practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship.

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