PHOTOS: Ivan Ssemwanga’s flashy lifestyle
Ivan Ssemwanga’s source of money was a mystery and became local media speculations. One common speculation is that he was a “Sangoma” (native healers) who targeted rich clientele, and got his major break-through in 2004 when he healed the former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s wife who was suffering sexual health and his in-law who had epilepsy. Another speculation is that he operated a string of schools in South Africa that he inherited from a white couple he previously worked for.
Ivan ignored the speculations. He was loaded, and that was what mattered to him. He lived a flashy lifestyle and he lived large. At social gatherings, he always carried large bottles of expensive wines. Ivan loved cars, and he had expensive collections: Lamborghini, Hummer, Chrysler and so many others. He also had two eye-catching mansions in Sandton, a rich suburb in Johannesburg and Pretoria and USD 1.7m mansion in Munyonyo, Kampala. And there are his Brooklyn Colleges with six branches across Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg.