Over the years, use of Impepho has been a hot topic for debate, more so between Christians and traditionalists who believe in ancestral worship.
Impepho is an indigenous African plant that, once dried, is burnt in order to communicate with one's ancestors.
Although the Christianity and ancestral worship can coexist, some stereotypes postulates that there is strong contradictions between the two, meanwhile, a lot of black people over the years, have been forced to pick a side, and held onto it. In a recent social media post, local media personality, Somizi Mhlongo, castigated the conception that using impepho is evil and dark.
Somizi posted a picture of a straw mat with bones and shells, as well as a bowl with impepho, two boxes of matches and a small tub of snuff.
He went on to write; “So one day many moons ago……someone who's not African woke up and said I'm gonna convince all Africans that this is evil…..this dark……this is a myth………coz they realized how stronger how powerful how wise, how free, how happy, and how rich we wud be if we practiced our own culture…..and convinced us that if we do it we must hide it……..
“I'm so glad my eyes got opened whilst I'm still on this earth……I've never been happier…..I've never been this free…..this pic right here is who I proudly am…..oh I am so proud….I'm not ashamed anymore….I don’t hide anymore……I live by imphepho and everything u see in that pic…….if Indians can proudly and boldly light up incense anywhere anytime why can't I…..
“If Christians can unashamedly whip out their bible anytime anywhere why can't I wear my sphandla with no shame….all I'm saying is do u boo as long as u dont look down or disrespect my culture and tradition just as much as I shud do the same unto yoz…..thokoza….[sic]”
Rapper, Boity and actress, Dawn Thandeka King, who are both traditional healers, commended Somizi in the comments section, for standing up to his beliefs and not being ashamed of his own identity.