Actress and sangoma Letoya Makhene-Pulumo has been a traditional healer for two decades and says the time has come for people to know sangomas exist and to be aware of their journey.
Opening up to TshisaLIVE, the actress revealed her journey started at the time when the stigma was still strong around ubungoma.
“At some point we needed to get to a place where there wasn't this stigma when it comes to Bongaka. I remember 20 years ago [I] was going into initiation school, the stigma around having to answer my calling, and that's a painful thing [to] go through. For people to say these people are dirty, they smell, they are this and that.”
Letoya shared her opinion on TV content and shows centred on traditional healers which have been dominating conversations.
“There's a lot of content that becomes really disappointing, because it kind of just doesn't represent who we are in the right way, but people need to know we are here, that we exist. We are people and I guess we are eventually going to have to move with the times.
“I'm still very ancient in my methods of how I work, but we've got social media, we've got these platforms to be able to say to people out there or explain something to them about their ancestry or ukuphahla. People are very curious about it. People don't really know where to start looking, so I guess it's a good and a positive thing.”