FORMER Izangoma Zodumo star Prudence Magagula, affectionately known as Mkhulu Ngwemabala, walked free after her fraud case was withdrawn.
This after one of her thwasas opened a case against her claiming Ngwemabala had failed to help her despite paying her.
Ngwemabala was supposed to appear in the Protea Magistrates Court on Thursday, 16 September, but she was released before getting in the dock after she paid back the money and the case was withdrawn.
The 43-year-old complainant told Daily Sun she decided to settle for R29 000 and withdraw the case for her own health reasons.
“When I count the money, it is more than R29 000. The reason I settled for R29 000 is that I couldn’t produce receipts for other items. I said to her I’ll leave out the small amounts if she can pay R29 000,” she said.
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She said she opened a case after paying for services that were not rendered. She only stayed seven days at the school and then left but it’s not clear why she didn’t complete her training.
She said she had bought items that were required for a welcoming ritual. She said she also had to pay R4 500 for registration and ibhayi as well as a R20 000 initiation fee.
“I wanted to let this go. I am disabled from the waist down. I am on crutches and getting in and out of the car is a hassle for me. I withdrew the case for those reasons. If I was fine, I was going to pursue it,” she said.
On how she crossed paths with Ngwemabala, she said she went to her in March because she suddenly fell ill and wanted answers.
“I slept one night and the next day when I woke up I couldn’t walk. I needed answers. I went there because I was sick and wanted to consult.”
She said after she consulted and was helped by one of the initiates, she was told her ancestors were angry and that she needed to undergo ukuthwasa.
At the time of going to print, attempts to reach Ngwemabala for comment were unsuccessful.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo said: “We can confirm the complainant withdrew the case before the accused could appear in court.”