HIV and Aids: KZN leaders warn bogus healers

2012-03-08 00:00

CERTAIN born-again churches and dodgy traditional healers have come under fire for misleading desperate HIV and Aids sufferers hoping for quick cures.

They were on the agenda yesterday at the opening of the annual meeting in Pietermaritzburg of the Provincial Council on Aids.

Premier Zweli Mkhize warned that unscrupulous people promising a “miracle” cure would face the consequences.

eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo told the meeting that one culprit had been a man advertising that he could heal HIV using electro-magnetic treatment.

Also under attack at the meeting was Inanda traditional healer a Dr Zondo, whose “wellness school” is under investigation for allegedly making risky claims about how to cure Aids.

A Dr Gumede, operating from a KwaMashu hostel was also investigated for his claims that he could make young girls immune to the disease.

The Durban mayor also warned that certain “born-again” church groups were saying that if people converted to their teachings, and were “born again”, they would be cured of HIV.

Another man from Inanda, Joachim Cools, had been investigated for selling his “magic juice” called Umlingo WaMangcolosi to unsuspecting clients, the mayor said. He was telling them to stop taking their ARVs.

Delegates will review and revise their strategy based on the results that have been achieved in the past year.

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