Healers condemn abortionists

2011-12-02 00:00

THE Traditional Healers’ Profession Association has promised to join forces with the police to rid the city of illegal abortionists masquerading as traditional healers.

The national deputy president of the association and its district chairperson, Cebokwakhe Khondo, said, “We are against abortion in general. The fact is that [certain] foreign nationals come into the country and operate as doctors while in their countries they are not recognised in the profession. They are disgracing the [traditional healing] profession with the way they are doing things”.

Police are working with traditional leaders to find ways to prosecute illegal practitioners. This follows cases of illegal abortions in the city and in Richmond.

Brigadier John Rynders said the police are proactive in their efforts to rid city of illegal doctors.

“The public must assist us with information in making sure that we remove this kind of life-threatening operation in the city,” said Rynders.

The traditional healers’ association in the district has 4 000 registered practitioners. Khondo said they are trained, assessed and given the certificates that allow them to work as recognised practitioners.

He said traditional healers should operate within the parameters of the law.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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