“It’s Not Witchcraft”: Gomora Actor ‘Don’ Matseke-Zulu Speaks On Leg Being Amputated

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“It’s Not Witchcraft”: Gomora Actor ‘Don’ Matseke-Zulu Speaks On Leg Being Amputated

“It’s Not Witchcraft”: Gomora Actor ‘Don’ Matseke-Zulu Speaks On Leg Being Amputated

The Talented actor and media personality Israel Matseke-Zulu suffered a huge blow when he lost his leg due to gangrene. Matseke-Zulu, who played the role of criminal gangster ‘Don’ on Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela Gomora, denied that the life-threatening condition was caused by witchcraft, as some people seem to believe.

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The Gomora actor said he preferred to believe in science rather than witchcraft. He revealed that some people believe he was bewitched because he did not have the high-risk factors commonly associated with gangrene. Speaking to the Sunday World, the ‘Don’ actor said:

“After proper medical examination, they discovered that I had gangrene in my leg and that there was a terrible infection in it. They advised me to have my left leg amputated because it would end up affecting my kidney or my other leg.

“What surprised the doctors was that although this is caused by high blood and sugar diabetes, I don’t have either. They then suspected that it might be smoking. That is why those who believe in witchcraft would say I have been bewitched. But I go with what medical scientists said and that is why I quit smoking.”

He also said that it was tough for him to accept that his leg would be amputated. As a result, he cancelled the appointment four times at the last minute. However, the pain from the gangrene in his leg eventually forced him to have the surgery.

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Since then, Israel Matseke-Zulu seems to have accepted the situation and is working on adjusting to his new routine. He confessed that he has been falling a lot because his brain is yet to get used to the new reality.

“I think that contributed to my quick recovery because I don’t ask myself the ‘why me’ question. The only challenge now is to work on my brain because I fall a lot. My brain has not accepted that I don’t have my other leg. I would have recovered a long time ago, but because of the falling, it took a bit of time.”

Matseke-Zulu is very upbeat about his life and expects to bounce back soon.

“It is not like I was playing soccer. I know that in acting, people can create a storyline for a person like me.

“In fact, I got jobs when I was in the hospital.

“So, my fans must expect me to be back once I have received my prosthetic leg in three months,” he added.