Popular gospel singers have been spotted hanging out with Durban traditional healer known as Dr Khehlelezi.

That raised eyebrows for gospel fans and social media users who questioned their sudden friendship.

Some even accused Thinah Zungu and Dumi Mkokstad of ukuthwala and having Mamlambo, but the artists defended themselves saying their relationship with Dr Khehlelezi is strictly business.

Dr Khehlelezi explained that it is unfortunate that some people saw him only as an inyanga who helps with ukuthwala.


He said he’s close with gospel artists because he sometimes hires them when he has a gig.

“I hire artists like Thinah, Jumbo, Ayanda Ntanzi and others to perform at my gigs. I’m aware that most of them have been accused of having Mamlambo just because they had been seen with me. That’s not fair on them,” he said.

Thinah said it broke his heart when he learnt people interpreted his relationship with Dr Khehlelezi, who’s also known as Nyanga Yodumo Mzo, in an evil way.

Jumbo said as a man of God and a singer, he accepts any gig regardless of the host.