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Johannesburg - A Northern Cape couple was swindled out of almost R1m by a bogus traditional healer who disappeared with their cash, police said on Wednesday.

The couple, from Danielskuil, were conned when they responded to an advert by the "traditional healer" from Postmasburg, who allegedly promised wealth, health, and prosperity, said police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu.

"The healer promised to multiply their money as well as bless them with even better jobs and more wealth. The man visited the couple at their home in Danielskuil," she said.

"Prof Latibu" disappeared with the couple's money after they handed over close to R1m to him over a period of two months.

Naidu said the community should be wary of such promises, as scams like these were rife in the country.

"People must not be duped into believing that their money can be doubled. These tricksters are so professional that they can make one believe that one's money has doubled.

"After a few sessions and once a victim releases large amounts of money, the person disappears with all their money."

The suspect, believed to be a foreign national, was operating from Postmasburg, she said.

Naidu appealed to anyone with information that could lead to his arrest to contact Detective Warrant Officer Coetzer of the Danielskuil police on 053 384 0558 or 082 495 4681.

- SAPA
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