Actress Lerato Mvelase Speaks Of Her Experience As A Sangoma


Six months after she became a full-fledged sangoma, actress Lerato Mvelase opened up on why she chose to attend to the call as a herbalist even as an actress. 

Mvelase who was speaking on SAfm’s AM Live, narrated her experience as a traditional healer saying the call all started when she was aged 6.

“I would always hear drums in my head. As a child, you don’t know what all of that means, my mom would find me doing a trans on the yard at home,” she said, adding that she would also often pick up on future events, unknowingly, in her dreams – such as “a neighbor passing away.”

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The mother of two who is said to be open-minded and has never shied away from embracing her culture, said life as a sangoma so far hasn’t been that easy especially as most people thought she was going insane. 

“Most people think that ‘you’re crazy and that you’re an attention-seeker’ when going through ”ubizo” [the calling] she said, 

“It’s the people who are spiritually intact with themselves that need to understand you as a human being,”

It’s really interesting that Mvelase is able to confidently and successfully combine her profession as an actress with her ancestral calling as one of the youngest breeds of Sangomas. 

Lerato was romantically linked to fellow actor Siyabonga Radebe but they later went their separate ways in 2014.

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During the interview, she also revealed that she has a male-dominating ancestor (indlozi lendonda) which according to her, is why she would often struggle with keeping a relationship.

“I know I’m a nice person, but for some weird reason, I struggle to stay in a relationship. This is something I never understood until I accepted my calling.”

The 33 year-old is not just an actress but also a television presenter best known for her role as Katlego in the SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, from 2005-2009.