John Lockley

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John Lockley
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Born 1971 (age 45–46)
Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality South African
Occupation Sangoma
Years active 2007–present

John Keith Kelly Lockley (born 1971) is a white South African who is initiated as an igqirha, a traditional healer or sangoma of the Xhosa people.[1][2][3]

Training as a sangoma[edit]

Lockley was born in Cape Town in 1971 during apartheid to an Irish mother and a Zimbabwean father with British ancestry.[1][4][5][6]

He completed an honours degree in clinical psychology at Rhodes University in 1997.[2][7]

In 1997 in post-apartheid South Africa he met Xhosa sangoma Mum Gwevu in the Joza township in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Mum Gwevu says she had foreseen his arrival in a dream. He was trained as a sangoma in the Eastern Cape townships, serving a 10-year apprenticeship with Mum Gwevu which he completed in 2007. Mum Gwevu gave him the Xhosa name Ucingolwendaba, which means "messenger".[2][3][5][7]

He also practices and teaches yoga and Zen Buddhism.[5]


  1. ^ a b Turner, Sally (June 2010). "The sangoma's apprentice". Spirit & Destiny. Retrieved 10 March 2013.  Posted at Lockley's website.
  2. ^ a b c "White sangoma dreams his destiny". IOL. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2013.  Shortened version of "You cannot choose to be a sangoma" Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. by Jonathan Ancer in The Star, 23 March 2007.
  3. ^ a b Zohra Mohamed Teke (25 February 2010). "Sangoma Lockley is a healing connector" (PDF). Daily News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Bröll, Claudia (7 April 2012). "Im Rhythmus der Xhosa". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Sizani, Mkhuseli (3 May 2011). "I was called by ancestors, says mlungu". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2013. He told Daily Sun: 'I was born with a band of birth skin around my eyes. It is the white mark of the sangoma.' 
  6. ^ Lockley, John (2007). "Bridge of Reconciliation". Sacred Hoop. Retrieved 10 March 2013.  Posted at Lockley's website.
  7. ^ a b Mthethwa, Bongani (21 September 2008). "Celebrity sangomas heed the call of ancestors" (PDF). The Times. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

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