Gauteng sangomas to get code of ethics

2010-02-19 12:47

THE Gauteng health department today proposed a code of conduct for

traditional healers.

“Traditional healers shall hold life dear and not use knowledge of

African traditional medicines in activities that can take a patient’s life,”

Gauteng health sciences director Mothome Pitsi told a traditional healers’

seminar in Pretoria.

The code should prohibit the use of psychic or divination powers to

cause strife and disputes in communities.

Traditional healers should also not be allowed to solicit sexual

relationships with clients.

“Patients, clients and initiates [students of African traditional

medicine] who are left in care of traditional healers should not be

ill-treated,” said Pitsi.

Practitioners should cooperate, where possible and appropriate,

with other health care providers, traditional or orthodox, in pursuing

programmes that will improve health care provision for the patient.

Pitsi said it was still difficult for the government to establish a

relationship with traditional health practitioners, because there were many

associations, organisations and independent individuals operating in the


“The planned traditional health practitioners’ council has not yet

been established, which gives the government communication challenges.

“Lack of a dedicated budget for the programme also poses a major

challenge,” he said.

The Gauteng legislature convened the seminar in conjunction with

traditional healers to discuss ways to curb muthi-killings in the


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