Spiritual healer scams woman out of R15 000

2016-01-26 06:00
Photo: nosipho mkhize Spiritual healer posters distributed in Pinetown.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Spiritual healer posters distributed in Pinetown.

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POSTERS of spiritual healers, offering their services, dominate the streets of Pinetown and surrounds.
They also have employees that hand out pamphlets advertising their “gift” of being able to “bring back lost lovers” and “winning a lottery”, to name a few. They even go as far as advertising penis enlargements and increasing the amount of money in your bank account.

A Wyebank woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, fell victim to this scam after seeing a poster promising spiritual and financial well-being by spiritual healer, Papa Jabba (false) in the neighbourhood.

With hopes of bringing in extra money for her and her children she contacted Papa Jabba.
“When I phoned him he set up an appointment for us to meet. He told me to bring R10. He told me to put the R10 under my pillow the night before and I followed his instructions because I had hopes of being rich soon.”

The next morning the woman prepared to meet Papa Jabba in a place she described as “shady”.
“When I arrived he told me to meet him in a specific room on the fifth floor [of an apartment block]. The place was an old, untidy flat, however, there were many people walking in the passage which reassured me that this might be real.

“His consultation room was dark and before you enter his ‘sacred place’ you have to jump over a bowl in which there was incense burning. He told me to put the R10 in a box which he claimed contained R700 000. He said he would pray for the money and connect with my ancestors.
“After praying in a foreign language he opened the box and showed me the money, saying the box was meant for me and it would alleviate all my financial worries. In order to claim the money I was told to bring R15 000 to him within two days.”

The woman cleared out her bank account and borrowed money from her family and came with R15 000.

“He told me he would contact me at midnight with answers from the spirits. When midnight came I was excited however, my phone did not ring, and I waited patiently until sunrise.
“I decided to go back to the spiritual healer, but when I got there the door was locked so I called him but he didn’t answer his phone. I tried several times, until his phone went onto voice mail.”

“I realised I had been scammed. I am left with no money in the bank and I cry every night because I was ungrateful for what I had and I wanted more.
“I want to tell the public not to fall victim to these fake spiritual healers. All they want is your money, nothing else.”

Pinetown SAPS Communication Officer, Warrant Officer BJ Manqele said: “We warn the public not to fall victim to such incidents. We have sent out warnings, but people still believe the posters and advertisements about spiritual healers. Once they take the money, they flee and people never hear from them again, so we urge the community not to contact these fraudsters.”

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