COUPLE DRESSED IN SACKS CREATES CONTROVERSY
By: Nompilo Kunene
Crowds gathered at the market place on Warwick Avenue in Durban as people witnessed the testimony of two people dressed in what appeared to be rugs.
Dubbed as vampires by many, Nkgomotseng (30) and Bhekabantu (40) call themselves Abandlalifa Bombuso Wezulu (The Heirs of Heaven). The couple was surrounded by a crowd of people who were bombarding them with endless questions.
Nkgomotseng and Bhekabantu come from Natal eMsikazi in eMthwalimpi, and walk on foot around the world testifying what they say God has sent them to preach to the nations. They, among other things, wear clothes made from sacks, they do not wear shoes, they do not eat meat, they do not cook their food, and they do not use money except when buying food but not meat.
The couple were warning the masses that the time people have here on earth is limited, therefore they should all convert to what God wants them to be or else, they will burn in hell.
“We are God’s servants sent to this world to save His people especially from this evil South African government which allows men to marry other men,” said Bhekabantu.
He continued to say that people should stop having children, as those children are sold to the devil (government being the devil) in that, the children’s parents receive grant money from government. Many people agreed with those statements, but when Nkgomotseng told them how they will never die, the crowd was rebellious towards that statement.
She spoke of how they were promised eternal life if they preach to the people about the “holy life” they are living and recruit people to join them.
“We live off the world, we only eat fruit and vegetables and the life we live does not allow us to sin as we do not live off materialistic things,” said Nkgomotseng.
Mabongi Ntombela, one of the people who were standing in the crowd said, “I have heard of such people, and we use to call them Amazimzimu (vampires). I use to be against them as I had no idea what they were all about. But listening to them today, I realised that all I have heard about them is not entirely true as they go around preaching the word of God and they are not Amazimzimu because they do not eat meat at all.”
Mancane Nthethelelo Mkhize who was also listening to this couple said that he is against the whole notion of this couple. He argued how he was born in these times where people use money, wear normal clothes, use technology and stay in houses, and now converting to this religious group would be impossible for him.
This was not the view of Thabani Mabaso, who supported the preaching’s of the couple.
“I believe these people and agree with all they are saying to us as they are also quoting from the Bible, so if I could convert to their religion I would. Unfortunately I cannot as I am a family man and have many people who depend on me.”
Bhekabantu said they encounter a vast amount of criticism from people they address, and some even call them devil worshippers. However, he said that they choose to ignore such comments and continue to spread the word of the Lord and the ways of the new life.