African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

An interview with Maria Mabeko Nkomo, a divorced traditional healer/herbalist from Sebokeng, by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava.

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Creator: McKinley, Dale
Nkomo, Maria
Veriava, Ahmed
Contributing Institutions: SAHA; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Contributor: Moses Moremi (Transcriber)
Biography: Thirty-nine years old at the time of the interview, Maria Mabeko Nkomo was born and raised in Sebokeng. Her mother died when she was twelve years old and she was married by the age of fifteen, living with in-laws. She had her first child when she was sixteen. Besides taking care of her own children (she has four), she also took care of her siblings through doing odd-jobs and informal selling. She eventually managed to finish matric at the age of twenty-four and then she subsequently went on to do some nurses training for a short period. She then got a part-time job at Hillbrow Hospital and moved on to become trained as a traditional healer/herbalist. She runs her own ‘surgery’ in Sebokeng, helps out in the community, and supports all her children and extended family.
Description: This interview with Maria Mabeko Nkomo, a divorced traditional healer/herbalist, was conducted by Dale McKinley and Ahmed Veriava in Sebokeng in 2007 as part of the South African History Archive's Alternative History Project, titled 'Forgotten Voices in the Present'.
Date: September 10, 2007
Location: Sebokeng, Gauteng, Republic of South Africa
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: English
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Digitizer: SAHA
Source: SAHA collection AL3280

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