KZN poacher 'witch doctor' charged

Durban - A "witch doctor" has been arrested after apparently giving a Mozambican rhino poacher muti, the Daily News reported on Wednesday.

Bheki Mthembu, 55, was taken into custody after the poacher was arrested as he was about to enter the Phinda game reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal, last week.

Mthembu faces a charge of conspiring to protect a crime. The report did not clarify what the muti was for.

The Durban newspaper quoted Sazi Mhlongo, president of the KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Healers' Association, as saying Mthembu was not a traditional healer or sangoma.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
President Ramaphosa has punted the idea of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for South Africans. This is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
The right thing to do. We desperately need more South Africans vaccinated to prevent further mutations and restore normality in our lives.
72% - 7092 votes
A risky strategy. Compulsory vaccinations may have unintended consequences and damage our rollout campaign.
28% - 2785 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.84
+1.3%
Rand - Pound
21.09
+1.0%
Rand - Euro
17.93
+1.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.26
+1.2%
Rand - Yen
0.14
+1.7%
Gold
1,770.84
-0.6%
Silver
22.35
+0.1%
Palladium
1,743.00
-0.1%
Platinum
942.50
+0.7%
Brent Crude
68.87
-0.5%
Top 40
64,733
-0.1%
All Share
71,161
-0.1%
Resource 10
67,418
-0.7%
Industrial 25
94,218
+0.2%
Financial 15
13,917
+0.3%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE