Prophets and healers a big problem - Motsoaledi

2015-04-03 10:00
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he would never take the word of a self-proclaimed healer such as Baba Mokgawa or Dr Hassan Maluwa to help him win the lottery.

"I don't believe in that one. Most of these people are themselves very poor. I will rather just pray to God," he told News24 said.

Nor would he try a love potion to return a lost lover.

"No, no, no. That I will never do," he insisted.

Misleading

"It's a big problem. They are misleading people in many ways," he said of the self-proclaimed healers and prophets.

Motsoaledi says it is problematic that these healers are given slots to speak on African language radio stations and make claims of being able to cure TB, malaria, and Aids.

The minister said he wanted to look into the Broadcasting Act and approach the Advertising Standards Authority to make sure they could not make such claims to the public.

Regulation

"You can't discourage it, but you must regulate it," he said.

The Traditional Healers' Organisation cautioned people about making use of healers and prophets.

"We are not responsible for them, they are not part of our organisation or guided by the Health Professions Act," national co-ordinator Phephsile Maseko said.

"We do not believe they work the same way we do."

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