Healers: No more muthi for tsotsis

2013-03-13 00:00

A LEADER of traditional healers said they would look to stop giving muthi to criminals who want to avoid jail terms for their crimes.

Bongi Nkomo, secretary of traditional healers’ association Nuppapsa in KwaZulu-Natal, said that while treating clients was a confidential matter, the healers were opposed to criminals roaming the streets with impunity after using their herbs.

In African communities, people facing serious criminal charges often resort to herbal or traditional medicines in the belief they will avoid conviction and imprisonment.

“As traditional healers, we are saying we do not want criminals running in the street, these people will come back and attack us as well.”

Nkomo was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting between the Department of Correctional Services and traditional healers at the YMCA in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The meeting is part of the department’s victim-offender dialogue initiative, which aims to encourage criminals and their victims to reconcile.

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