She turns heads in an African print dress with black and white sneakers. She’s hard to miss as she walks into the Move! offices – her hair is dyed blond; she’s carrying a Gucci sling bag and she keeps her sunglasses on. With a bounce in her step, Gogo Dineo has arrived.
Known as a celebrity sangoma because of her close ties to some of SA’s stars, she’s used to being in the spotlight. She’s been seen with celebrities like Boity Thulo and Masechaba Ndlovu and has frequent radio and TV features. And often, how she looks has people talking. “There’s this stereotype that a sangoma has a look. I mean, no. We look like this now,” she jokes.
In fact, she looks so good, people can’t see the troubles she’s facing. She’s currently going through a divorce from her husband of 14 years. “When you hear my story, you see how many hardships I have had. But you look at me and think ‘she has a Model C English’ but you don’t know that I grew up with the rats of Alexandra,” she says with a laugh. She lets Move! in on who she really is and her journey to becoming a traditional healer.