His grandmother Canisia died on January 6, 2021.
According to his aunt Moe Chivayo, John is autistic and cannot talk. His aunt was responding to his mother's claims that his late grandmother had bewitched him. John's aunt Moe said:
"She calls my mom a witch hanzi she bewitched that son of hers who’s still not talking. Girl, go to a medical doctor and actually, one with a medical degree and he will tell you your son in autistic. My mother never once set foot kun’anga inzwa inini mwana wavo."
- Chivayo Sister, Wife In Social Media Row, NewZimbabwe.com, Published: March 4, 2021, Retrieved: April 13, 2021