Another area of their relationship that has attracted much speculation is their journey into ubungoma. They, once again, reiterate that their intention was never to keep it a secret but to, instead, handle the subject with kid gloves. “There’s a difference between something being private and it being a secret. There are so many stages one has to pass before claiming to be a healer. Ubungoma is the full girth of our honesty. It’s a part of our truth, and it’s something we embrace fully. The one thing I love about our journey into ubungoma is that it’s not something that belongs to a Dineo or Zothile — it belongs to our ancestors and happens through us,” Dineo explains, with the passion of someone who’s been dying to speak on this subject.
“ We started ukuthwasa in July 2017, and speaking two years later is not as jarring of a conversation. I can understand how it’s such a big deal for other people,” Zothile says, adding that he had earlier anticipated ubungoma to be an intimidating responsibility, yet it hasn’t been. They’re both not looking to be poster children of traditional healing, but hope their honesty on this intimate aspect of their lives will keep this practice from being perceived as “the big bad wolf” in the average black person’s eyes. “My objective isn’t to change anyone’s views on ubungoma, nor am I trying to convert them from their current belief system,” Zothile clarifies, whose ancestral calling manifested in his teen years.
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