Healer disappears with cash

2014-08-18 00:00

A TRADITIONAL healer, who convinced a woman to resign and to hand over her pension payout for outrageous returns, is on the run.

The Pietermaritzburg woman, who asked not to be named, handed over more than R600 000 and was promised R4 million.

The 53-year-old mother of nine told The Witness that she worked at a local post office for 30 years as a mail handler.

Her woes started in February 2013 when she received a pamphlet at a robot in the CBD.

“At the time I had financial problems and my husband was sick. I couldn’t cope with everything at home. The pamphlet had information about a traditional healer who could help me with my problems.

“I made my first visit to them and I was given a powder to use when bathing,” said the woman.

“The male doctor and an older woman told me that everything will be okay.

“During the consultation they showed me a box full of money and they said it was my gift but I had to give them R200 000 before I could get it.

When the women said she did not have the cash she was told to apply for a loan.

She said when she was turned away by the bank she was told to resign.

She resigned and when her pension was paid she first gave the healer R200 000.

“I was told that I must bring [a further] R300 000 for cleansing. I was doubtful about this but the older women convinced me. I paid another R115 000 for bags that were going to be used to carry my money,” said the tearful woman.

The traditional healer has since disappeared. Police spokesperson Captain Zenzele Ndlovu said they are investigating a case of theft.

Ndlovu said anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the woman should contact the investigating officer Detective Sergeant W.M. Ntombela at 033 845 2772 or 072 884 9124 and Lieutenant-Colonel Naresh Nandhlal at 079 696 3712 or 033 845 2745

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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