The social activist and musician, Ntsiki Mazwai, has described the reality TV show, Izangoma Zodumo, as a ridicule and leads the call for its ban from TV.
Izangoma Zodumo is a new reality TV show that follows the lifestyles of modern diviners (sangomas), Prudence Magagula, known as “Ngwe”, and Makgotso Makopo, who is known as “Gogo Maweni”.
The show premiered to an exclusive viewership of DStv on Saturday, 3 October 2020, and was aired publicly on Mzansi Magic last night, by 8pm.
The reality TV show immediately attracted a lot of condemnation on social media after its airing, with many viewers disgusted with its seeming ridicule on ngoma, a philosophy based on a belief in ancestral spirit and the practice of African traditional medicine.
In a two minute video clip posted on her Twitter account this morning, Ntsiki Mazwai highlighted the failings of the show.
“I’m waking up and seeing this TV show that was on yesterday, Izangoma Zodumo, and I want to point out to Black people that Christians and Whites have never made a mockery of their spirituality… So Black people, are you so damaged that it reaches a point where you make a mockery of… African spirituality live on TV?”, Ntsiki lamented.
She went on to urge South Africans to join the outcry to stop the airing of the TV show.
“I want to find out who the producers of this TV’s show are. I think we need to name and shame them so that they may never even think of creating content that embarrasses us like this.”
Meanwhile, Prudence “Ngwe” Magagula has come out to defend their reality TV show, on the backdrop of public condemnation.
“We (I and Makgotso “Gogo Maweni” Makopo) both welcome the different views from different people because we know the show is about how we do things as modern sangomas”, she said.