‘Healers’ take trader for a ride

2011-06-27 00:00

A SMALL business owner from Mafakathini, near Howick, has warned others after he was tricked out of R17 000 worth of savings by two Malawian “traditional healers” who promised to help him improve his business by using their “good muthi”.

Nkosinathi Kunene (43) said he was referred to the healers by a friend who told him they were “very good” and they would help him increase his tuckshop and construction business revenue.

He had been consulting with the healers for three weeks.

“On Thursday they said I must go to the bank with them to withdraw money so that they can smear muthi on it,” Kunene told The Witness.

After he withdrew R17 000 in bank notes from the FNB at Liberty Midlands Mall, the two healers pocketed the money and told him that he would get it later after they are done with rituals.

“Later that day I visited them. We chatted about life, not even about business. Everything was fine since I didn’t suspect a thing and I trusted them,” said Kunene.

But he got a shock of his life and “got weak” when he revisited their house on Friday morning and found that all doors were locked. They had fled.

Kunene said he called them, but their cellphones were off. That is when he knew that something was “fishy” and contacted the police.

The businessman tirelessly embarked on a search for the healers on Friday and he caught one of them in Langalibalele Street.

“I knew where they attended church and that’s when I saw him and I chased him with my car.”

He then took the man to the police station and the healer showed them where his friend was.

They managed to catch the two and retrieved R8 470 of the R17 000.

Apparently the two said they had already posted the rest to Malawi.

“Really, I don’t know how they tricked me. People should watch out because these people who lure us are all over. I’m thankful to police who did a great job,” he said.

He told The Witness that he is happy he got back some of the money “because it’s better than nothing”.

Kunene opted not to open a case.

The Malawians signed an agreement in the entry book at the Loop Street police station, promising to repay the rest of the money by July 2.


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