Patient raped as part of ‘cure’

2012-12-07 00:00

AN Eshowe inyanga, who diagnosed a woman as being possessed by a tokoloshe and then allegedly raped her as a cure, appeared before the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

A tokoloshe is a mythical dwarf-like water sprite said to be mischievous and evil.

The 55-year-old inyanga was arrested and charged with the rape of the 24-year-old after he went to the victim’s family in the Mqwekazi area to apologise on Tuesday night.

Eshowe police spokesperson Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said the inyanga said the woman was possessed by a tokoloshe.

“On Monday the inyangaarranged a 7 pm meeting with the woman for treatment to get rid of the tokoloshe,” said Van Vuuren.

The inyangathen allegedly took her into the bushes to start the “treatment”.

“He rubbed her stomach with ointment but proceeded to her private parts, where he started to indecently touch her, and when she wanted to move away he assaulted her and raped her,” said Van Vuuren.

A local leader, Mfuneni Mchunu, said the incident was “disturbing”.

“As community leaders we are shocked and disgusted by the inyangabehaviour. In his trade, he works with a lot of people,” said Mchunu.

He said he received a message from the victim’s family on Tuesday night that their daughter had been raped.

“When I went to see the family, the inyangawas already there and said he wanted to apologise for what he did. He said he didn’t know what got into him and that he needed to know how many cows he could give the family to make up for the damage he has done,” said Mchunu. However, he was arrested.

The case was adjourned until today for the man to brief a lawyer.

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