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Traditional healers protest

2009-08-27 14:34

Pretoria - The situation was tense at the Pretoria offices of the national department of health after a stand-off between police and traditional healers on Thursday.

Police used pepper spray on the traditional healers after they attempted to storm into the building to force the director general to accept their memorandum.

Traditional healers under the auspices of the Traditional Healers Organisation marched to the health department to protest against discrimination and to demand that they be consulted on all major health decisions.

Concerns

Spokesperson for the traditional healers, Phephsile Maseko, said the proposed national health insurance does not make provision for traditional healers and traditional medicine.

She said they were also concerned that two years after the Traditional Health Practitioners Act was passed, there was no traditional council for African medicine in the country.

Angry traditional healers sang liberation songs in front of the health department offices and vowed they would not leave until someone from the department came out and accepted their memorandum.

The health minister and director general of the department are reported to be in Cape Town.

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