Swazi healers charged with desecrating graves

2010-07-29 16:23

Police in Swaziland say they have arrested three traditional healers for allegedly desecrating graves to retrieve human skulls and bones for healing rituals.

Police official Wendy Hleta said today that the three – who might be described in Western society as witchdoctors – claimed a healer from neighbouring Mozambique offered to make them “instant millionaires” if they dug up human bones.

Police found a skull on the property of one of the suspects who then identified a remote grave that had been opened.

Hleta said the healers were arrested today and charged with violating grave sites in this small mountainous southern African kingdom.

Last month a Swazi court fined two traditional healers for using body parts of protected animals.

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