Sangoma paid to resurrect mother

2010-10-04 22:49

Johannesburg - An Eastern Cape man paid a traditional healer "a lot" of money to resurrect his dead mother, only to have the man disappear, police said on Monday.

"The man deposited the money as required, but his mother did not return from the dead," Captain Jackson Manatha said.

The 35-year-old Butterworth man had read a pamphlet about the traditional healer, from outside South Africa, who claimed to have powers to resurrect the dead.

He met him in his consulting room, where he was told his mother, who was buried in Tsomo last April, would resurrect as soon as he deposited money into the sangoma's bank account.

Manatha would not disclose how much money.

"A few days later he became suspicious when his mother's grave remained intact," Manatha said.

When he went to the sangoma's consulting room to demand his money back on Saturday, it was locked.

"The healer had vanished into thin air."

Police were looking for the man and had opened a case of theft under false pretences.