Traditional healer on multiple rape charges

2015-10-21 06:00

MANY lives have been affected by the horrific behaviour of a traditional healer who used his status in the community to con parents into putting their young sons in his care, and then raping them.

During August, a traditional healer, Sibusiso Ndawonde

(inyanga), of Machunwini area, Msinga raped four male teenagers. This traditional healer informed the elders of each family that he had a “prophecy” that the families had problems due to their sons being ill.

He told them he could solve the problem and then convinced the family of each of the victims that he had to take the victims to his house at Msinga where he would use traditional medicine and methods to heal and cure them.

At his home Ndawonde would talk the victims into entering his traditional practice room in order to be healed. Each of the four were raped throughout the night over a period of two weeks by the traditional healer who told each one that this was the only way in which to heal and cure the “illness” and chase away the bad omens he claimed they had.

One of the youngsters, a 16-year-old, managed to escape and reported the rapes to his parents who opened a case at the Msinga police station.

When Greytown FCIS members went to the healer’s home to arrest him they found two other young males in the traditional healing room. The two appeared to be physically and emotionally intimidated, but when interviewed by FCIS personnel they revealed that they too had been raped by the man they identifed as Ndawonde, the traditional healer.

The fourth victim came forward later and a case of rape was registered against Ndawonde at the Kranskop Police Station.

Further cases of rape were registered and the traditional healer was taken into police custody. The accused was refused bail in the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he appeared charges of rape. The case has been adjourned to 12 November.

Lieutenant Keshni Budloo, Unit Commander Greytown FCIS, told the Greytown Gazette “that the community needs to be vigilant and aware of sexual predators in the community so that their children do not become victims of such horrendous crimes.”

She congratulated her dedicated members for their commitment and dedication in securing the offender in custody and ensuring that the case was well presented before court.

“Each of the four were raped throughout the night over a period of two weeks by the traditional healer who told each one that this was the only way in which to heal and cure the ‘illness’”

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