Beware of bogus healers

2016-09-22 06:00


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A STERN warning is being sent out about smooth-talking bogus traditional healers conning the community in the Verulam CBD.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Mark Prakasim told the Weekly that a woman was held at knife point and robbed by a fake traditional healer in the Verulam CBD last week.

The victim Ntombifikile Mthabela (37) told Weekly: “I will never forget that day. I thought I was going to die. I received a call from him telling me to come to his consultation room in Verulam. It never crossed my mind that I was going to be robbed. When I arrived in Verulam he sent another man to take me to his consultation room. He then said he would introduce me to another healer. We walked out of the consultation room towards the bush and while I was puzzled, he drew a knife and demanded cash. My bank cards, cellphone and R250 in my wallet were taken,” she said.

Mthabela said the suspect left her stranded in the bush. “I managed walked back to Verulam CBD and went to the police station to open a case,” she said.

Prakasim urged members of the community to be wary of bogus traditional healers.

“The public should refrain from visiting bogus traditional healers. In this case we suspect that the suspect sent one of his cronies to fetch her at Verulam CBD. When the police arrived at the suspect’s house he was not found. Police are investigating a case of robbery,” he said.

In June another victim was conned out of his provident fund in Verulam by an alleged psychic. According to Reaction Unit SA the accused predicted that the victim’s life was in danger and convinced him to resign from work.

It was alleged that the healer pressed on and made promises to the victim and persuaded him to disclose the value of his provident fund. He promised to convert R140 000 of his pension fund into R4 million.

President of South African Traditional Healers Association Sazi Mhlongo also warned members of the public to refrain from visiting fake traditional healers.

“It is shocking to hear such stories of people being conned by people claiming to be traditional healers. In most cases people who generally commit such barbaric acts are not even traditional healers. A traditional healer, who has graduated and passed all the vows of being a healer will never rob people. Those people claiming to be traditional healers must be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

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