Mlungu couple embrace UBUNGOMA!

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Couple Jaun Reay and wife Judy Reay from Kgabalatsane in North West said their faith in the ancestors and God keeps them going.                                                                 Photos by Raymond Morare
Couple Jaun Reay and wife Judy Reay from Kgabalatsane in North West said their faith in the ancestors and God keeps them going. Photos by Raymond Morare

AMADLOZI have called them and the mlungu couple is happy to serve their ancestors.

Jaun Reay (36) and his wife Judy Reay (42) are both initiates who stay in Kgabalatsane in North West.

The couple said they felt a creature pulling at their feet in their yard but they . in Sasolburg never thought it was a sign from amadlozi.

The couple accepted their calling in 2021.

Jaun told Daily Sun he has a Code 14 motor mechanic diploma, an electrician certificate and experience in plumbing and welding, but no one wanted to give him a chance.

“With these skills, I am still struggling to get a job,” he said.

Jaun said he consulted in 2021 and the traditional healer told him that he can read the bones and his ancestors don’t want him to work but to be a sangoma.

He said a family feud brought them to Kgabalatsane in 2018.


He said amadlozi separated him from his family because they couldn’t agree on him taking the journey to become a sangoma.

“Here we live in peace and harmony. We are no longer mlungus.

“We decided to live with the community and they have become our friends and family.

“I heal people and make them happy with muthi,” he said.

Jaun said their faith in the ancestors and God keeps them going.

He said they are still in touch with their families who are in Joburg and Free State.

He said a madala always appears to him.

“He shows me strange things and warns me if there are people who want to harm us,” he said

Judy said she has the gift of being a prophet.


“This is not a choice but it’s a calling,” she said.

Jaun’s mother Ronnel Boersma said: “I am happy with my son and I am aware he is a traditional healer.” Please givew them my best wishes.”

Neighbour Abel Mokwevho (43), a traditional healer, said: “They are respectful and appreciate living with us.”

Traditional healer Hilda “Nyoniyamanzi” Mabaso said she is the gobela of the two mlungus and they are coming well in their process of ukuthwasawho had taken the path of being Sangomas.She said the two have a gift given to them by their ancestors.

She said they came last year in March and she will help them until they complete their training.

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