SLOWING DOWN: Credo Mutwa relaxes in the sun. Picture: Zandisile Luphahla
“I was hit by strokes twice and I was given poison to die. I almost died three times but survived. The fourth time around I know that I won’t make it. I will definitely die,” said renowned author, traditional healer and poet, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa.
The New Age interviewed him this week at his home in Marojaneng, about 15km from Kuruman in the Northern Cape.
There 94-year-old Mutwa seemed preoccupied with thoughts of death and made constant reference to his last days on earth. He also spoke about how he had made enemies during and in the post-apartheid era.
His third wife, Virginia, is worried that “Rre”, which means “father of the house,” has not been eating well these days. “It seems like there is a lack of appetite in him. He is not active like he used to be, look at his recent paintings, which he has been working on, they are not complete, you can see that the energy is no longer there.”
She’s also worried that even his love of reading was less intense, “It’s been a while since I saw him reading.” But one thing that hasn’t changed is the constant stream of visitors, both local and from abroad, who continue to come to the village to see him.
On the day of this interview a US News crew was busy shooting a documentary on his life.
On hearing that The New Age wanted to interview him, Mutwa was excited. “The New Age, is it still existing? That is the paper we used to read during the time of the struggle,” he said, confusing the paper with the now defunct New Nation.
He has suffered because of the opposition of some Christians, who are suspicious of him because he practises a mixture of Christianity and traditional African religion. “Some pastors around here also accuse me of killing children and drinking their blood,” he said.
Mutwa blamed a “certain” white woman who told lies about him as “the reason why black people don’t want me”.
“I am loathed in a country of my forebears because of that white woman who now claims to love blacks and want to liberate them from the ANC.”
Mutwa, who is known for his ability to predict the future especially regarding political events, had dire warnings for South Africa when Madiba dies. “We are heading for a war among ourselves. As black people, we hate and detest each other. I am worried because this will happen after Madiba has passed away. Black people will start to fight each other and it is a real disgrace, I so wish I will be dead as well.”
He took out a book entitled Voice of a Prophet by Adriaan Snyman. “Get yourself a copy of this book, it was written by a white person and everything in it is the truth,” he said.